The Scottish Government recognises the importance of planning in supporting economic growth, in the delivery of quality homes and in community empowerment. We have committed to consulting on enhanced fees, following the independent review of planning recommendation that fees for major applications...More
This consultation is to seek comment on a revised volume of practical fire safety guidance. The guidance aims to help those responsible for fire safety in premises such as pubs, offices, shops, entertainment venues and transport hubs meet their legal duties.
The guidance has been developed for...More
A consultation on the Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement, which is a set of principles with an overarching vision that will guide the development of public policy on the nature and character of land rights and responsibilities in Scotland.
A consultation on the draft regulations to implement the two priority Universal Credit (UC) flexibilities: managed payments of rent to landlords; and more frequent payments of UC.
Note: This consultation will last 8 weeks. As this is principally a technical consultation on the draft regulations...More
This Consultation looks at two ways to potentially increase the number of deceased organ donation and tissues donors - by seeking to increase numbers of referrals and by seeking to increase the number of times when donation is authorised to proceed.
The first chapter seeks views on alternative...More
The consultation seeks views on the practical application of the Scottish Government’s draft Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill provisions. It also offers consultees an opportunity to offer views on how the Bill might be strengthened.
The purpose of the Gender...More
To seek an amendment to the code of conduct to allow councillors to continue to act as councillors and continue to represent their electorate without there being a conflict of interest if they represent the council on the board of an external organisation.
To ensure we have the right staff for our health and social care services now and in the future, we will publish a National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan in Spring 2017.
This Discussion Document seeks comments and views from individuals and organisations about the issues the National...More
The Crown Estate in Scotland includes a diverse portfolio of property, rights and interests that influence many aspects of rural and coastal life in Scotland. This consultation is an opportunity to help shape the long term framework for the devolved management of the Crown Estate in Scotland and...More
The Tribunals (Scotland) Act 2014 establishes an integrated structure of tribunals with a First-tier Tribunal (FTT) and an Upper Tribunal. Jurisdictions within the First-tier Tribunal will be organised into ‘chambers’ according to the nature of the dispute.
On 1st December, the Private...More
In 2015 Ministers commissioned an independent panel to undertake a review of the planning system. The review included opportunities to get involved through both written and oral evidence and an online discussion forum. Since then we have been working with a wide range of stakeholders, including...More
This consultation seeks views on the Scottish Government’s proposal to enable planning authorities to charge operators for undertaking monitoring of surface coal mining permissions, including planning conditions; legal agreements and restoration financial guarantees.
The single authorisation framework will bring together all the permissioning arrangements for SEPA’s four main regulatory (water, waste, radioactive substances and Pollution Prevention and Control) into a integrated permissioning structure and under a single standardised procedure (subject to...More
The Scottish Government designated energy efficiency as a national infrastructure priority in June 2015, covering energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation of both domestic and non-domestic buildings. District heating could make an important contribution to meeting Scotland’s future heat...More
This consultation seeks views on the draft guidance on Healthcare in Schools in Scotland. The guidance will support health boards and schools in the delivery of healthcare support to pupils who need support as a result of a healthcare need. The guidance has been developed in partnership with a...More
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
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
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
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
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