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  • Scottish Expert Advisory Panel on the Collaborative Economy

    Earlier this year, I was asked by Keith Brown, the Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, to chair the Scottish Expert Advisory Panel on the Collaborative Economy. The Panel’s purpose is to provide advice, expertise and experience to on-going policy development on the... More
    Opened 1 day ago
  • Good College Governance

    This consultation paper seeks comments on: • Recommendation 1 of the Good Governance Task Group Report: better arrangements are put in place to improve board member recruitment • Recommendation 9 of the Good Governance Task Group Report: more sanctions are considered so that a... More
    Opened 1 week ago
  • Safe and Effective Staffing in Health and Social Care

    The proposals set out in the consultation document will focus intentionally on the application of evidence based approaches to nursing and midwifery workload and workforce planning as there is already a validated framework, methodology and suite of planning tools that are mandated for use in NHS... More
    Opened 2 weeks ago
  • Energy efficiency and condition standards in private rented housing: A Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme Consultation

    The Scottish Government has designated energy efficiency as a National Infrastructure Priority, the cornerstone of which will be Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP). This 15 to 20 year programme will improve the energy efficiency of our homes and buildings, supporting our efforts to... More
    Opened 3 weeks ago
  • Severance Policy in Devolved Public Sector in Scotland

    The Scottish Government seeks to ensure severance arrangements are fair and equitable while providing value for money for the people of Scotland. Severance continues to play an essential role in ensuring employers across the public sector in Scotland deliver services efficiently and effectively by... More
    Opened 4 weeks ago
  • Improving Parking in Scotland

    The consultation paper will set out proposed arrangements that aims to deliver a consistent approach to managing parking in Scotland. It invites views on how we can improve the clarity of the laws on parking , what restrictions that should be applied, the exceptions that should be granted,... More
    Opened 4 weeks ago
  • Guidance on Engaging Communities in Decisions Relating to Land

    Under Part 4 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 (“the Act”), Scottish Ministers have a duty to issue “guidance about engaging communities in decisions relating to land which may affect communities” (“the Guidance”). The purpose of the Guidance is to encourage land owners and... More
    Opened 1 month ago
  • A Consultation on the draft Delivery Plan for Equally Safe: Scotland's strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls.

    In 2016 Scottish Government published a revised version of Equally Safe, Scotland's strategy to eradicate violence against women and girls. The strategy envisions a Scotland where all individuals are equally safe and respected, and where women and girls live free from all forms of violence and... More
    Opened 1 month ago
  • The Registration of Independent Schools (Prescribed Persons) (Scotland) Regulations 2017

    This consultation looks for comments on the draft Registration of Independent Schools (Prescribed Person) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 that set out the arrangements in respect of current and future teachers working in independent schools having to be registered with the General Teaching Council for... More
    Opened 1 month ago
  • Consultation on Fees for Seed Testing, Seed Certification & Associated Seed Functions

    Fees for seed testing, seed certification and associated functions ( supervision of licensed, Professional Seed Operators, licensed Crop Inspectors, licensed Seed Samplers, LSTS) and courses and exams are all required to be reviewed annually to ensure that the costs of the services provided by... More
    Opened 2 months ago
  • Electronic Monitoring in Scotland

    This consultation seeks views on the next steps in taking forward primary legislation to extend the use of electronic monitoring in Scotland in support of broader community justice policy. The proposed changes reflect the findings and recommendations of the Electronic Monitoring Expert Working... More
    Opened 2 months ago
  • Consultation on the British Sign Language (BSL) National Plan

    Introduction to the consultation and Ministerial foreword from the First Minister and Mark McDonald MSP, Minister for Childcare and Early Years: This embedded content requires Javascript This consultation on the Draft British Sign Language (BSL) National Plan seeks to gather your views... More
    Opened 2 months ago
  • Improving educational outcomes for children and young people from travelling cultures

    The Scottish Government is committed to enabling all children and young people to reach their full potential, however Traveller children and young people’s educational outcomes are among the worst in Scotland. The Scottish Government have therefore worked with stakeholders to develop... More
    Opened 2 months ago
  • Talking "Fracking": A Consultation on Unconventional Oil and Gas

    The future of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland has proven both complex and controversial, and deeply held, sincere views have emerged on all sides of the debate. The Scottish Government’s position is to take a cautious, evidence led approach while we gather and consider evidence. In... More
    Opened 3 months ago
  • Consultation on a Draft Onshore Wind Policy Statement

    We are publishing this draft statement, alongside the draft Energy Strategy. Onshore wind development is essential to Scotland’s transformation to a fully decarbonised energy system by 2050 and brings opportunities which underpin our vision to grow a low carbon economy and build a fairer... More
    Opened 3 months ago
  • Consultation on Scotland's Energy Efficiency Programme

    The Scottish Government has designated energy efficiency as a National Infrastructure Priority, the cornerstone of which will be Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) – a 15 to 20 year programme. The Programme for Government commits to investing more than half a billion pounds to... More
    Opened 3 months ago
  • Consultation on a Scottish Energy Strategy: The future of energy in Scotland

    The choices we make about energy are among the most important decisions we face. The supply of safe, reliable energy underpins the continued growth of the Scottish economy and delivery of key services. Our energy industry provides high quality jobs and a vibrant climate for innovation. Affordable... More
    Opened 3 months ago
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