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  • 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
    Closed 2 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
    Closed 3 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
    Closed 3 weeks 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
    Closed 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
    Closed 1 month ago
  • Consultation on funding of The Scottish Energy Performance Certificate Register.

    The purpose of this consultation is to update stakeholders on the current status of the Scottish Energy Performance Certificate Register (SEPCR), to advise on pending action to amend the statutory fees payable on lodgement of energy performance data and to seek views on the manner in which the... More
    Closed 1 month 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
    Closed 1 month ago
  • The Cremation (Scotland) Regulations 2017

    The Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 provides a modern, comprehensive legislative framework for burial and cremation. The existing legislation was outdated and increasingly unfit for purpose. Many of the Act’s provisions are rooted in recommendations made by various review groups,... More
    Closed 1 month 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
    Closed 2 months 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
    Closed 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
    Closed 2 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
    Closed 2 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
    Closed 2 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
    Closed 2 months ago
  • 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
    Closed 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
    Closed 2 months 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
    Closed 2 months ago
  • Consultation on arrangements for Scotland to continue participating in the EU School Milk scheme

    Consultation on arrangements for Scotland to continue participating in the EU School Milk scheme. Consultees are invited to note the main points of the new common framework (detailed in the attched documents) and to consider the delivery approach proposed for Scotland. Please note that... More
    Closed 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
    Closed 2 months 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
    Closed 3 months ago
  • Consultation on Guidance on Healthcare Needs in Schools

    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
    Closed 3 months ago
  • Consultation on Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies, and Regulation of District Heating

    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
    Closed 3 months ago
  • Consultation on Proposals for an Integrated Authorisation Framework

    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
    Closed 3 months ago
  • Fees for Monitoring Surface Coal Mines

    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. More
    Closed 3 months ago
  • Revised Colorectal Cancer QPIs

    A consultation to gather views on the Colorectal Cancer QPIS with regard to: The appropriateness of the QPIs that have been developed. The target levels that have been set. Key points or areas that are not covered within the QPIs Feasibility of measuring the... More
    Closed 4 months ago
  • A consultation on the future of the Scottish Planning System

    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
    Closed 4 months ago
  • A Consultation on Procedure of the First Tier Tribunal Housing and Property Chamber

    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
    Closed 4 months ago
  • Crown Estate: A Consultation on the Long Term Management of the Crown Estate in Scotland

    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
    Closed 4 months ago
  • Discussion Document - National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan

    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
    Closed 4 months ago
  • Draft Head Teachers Education and Training Standards (Scotland) Regulations

    The consultation looks for comments on draft regulations that define the education and training standards expected of teachers before they are appointed to their first head teacher post. More
    Closed 4 months ago
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