The Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 (the Act) contains procedures and protections which will apply to all arrests. While the majority of arrests are of people suspected of a criminal offence, there are arrests for other reasons - for example an arrest for a breach of a protective court order...More
The current Scottish Government was elected with a clear mandate that the Scottish Parliament should have the right to hold an independence referendum if there was clear and sustained evidence that independence had become the preferred option of a majority of the Scottish people – or if there...More
The Scottish Government’s aim is to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up, and to give all of our children the best possible start in life.
It is widely acknowledged that the provision of universally accessible and high quality early learning and childcare enriches children...More
The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on increasing building warrant and other associated fees to make the building standards system achieve full cost recovery and place it on a sustainable footing for the future.
The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that building...More
This governance review seeks your views on how education in Scotland is run, including who should take decisions in relation to the education of children and young people, and how funding can be made fairer. It also asks about the support teachers and practitioners need to do their jobs...More
**UPDATE** The figure used on page 18 of the consultation document should read that 147 vessels recorded any landings of queen scallops between 2010 and 2015 and not 140. This arises from updated data for 2015.
The final tonnage of queen scallops landed into the UK by UK vessels for 2015...More
The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 creates the new private residential tenancy which will replace current assured and short assured tenancies. The purpose of the new tenancy is to improve security of tenure for tenants balanced with appropriate safeguards for landlords, lenders...More
A consultation on the period for which Scottish Ministers must provide support and assistance to adult victims of human trafficking under section 9 of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015.
Scotland’s current Digital Strategy , published in 2011, describes actions to enhance digital connectivity, increase economic growth and activity by growing the digital economy, promote digital participation and develop digital public services. While the high-level aims of the strategy...More
Under the auspices of the Scottish Cancer Taskforce, National Cancer Quality Performance Indicators (QPIs) were developed to drive continuous quality improvement in cancer care across NHSScotland. In December 2012, Lung Cancer QPIs were published, and following 3 years of national comparative...More
We have observed substantial improvements in the oral health of children, and in access to NHS dental services for patients.
There are now over 4.8 million people registered with a NHS dentist. This is reflected in the unprecedented increase in the numbers of NHS dentists, where we have seen an...More
Human trafficking and exploitation are abhorrent crimes, as well as abuses of human rights and dignity. They involve trading adults and children as commodities and exploiting them for profit or personal benefit and they happen in Scotland today. Adults and children are trafficked and exploited...More
This consultation seeks views on draft regulations to transfer the functions and members of the First-tier Tax Tribunal to the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (First-tier Tribunal) and to transfer the functions and members of the Upper Tax Tribunal for Scotland to the Upper Tribunal for Scotland...More
This consultation provides an opportunity to comment on the regulations expanding the Scottish Fiscal Commission’s functions. The expansion of functions reflects the Fiscal Framework agreed between the UK and Scottish Governments and the new powers devolved to Scotland through the Scotland Act...More
This consultation seeks views on draft statutory guidance in relation to a series of amendments to the Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Act 2000 ("the 2000 Act") made by Part 1 of the Education (Scotland) Act 2016. In summary, the draft statutory guidance has been developed to support those...More
The Scottish forestry sector contributes substantially to our rural economy and a number of social and environmental outcomes, including climate change mitigation, biodiversity, natural flood management, recreation and people’s health and wellbeing.
Scottish Ministers currently determine...More
The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) are conducting a review on behalf of Scottish Ministers into the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 and surrounding policy framework on involving and engaging parents.
This review aims to:
identify and celebrate what has...More
This consultation seeks views on proposed changes to planning legislation (permitted development rights) on electronic communications infrastructure (e.g. masts, cabinets and antennas).
World class digital connectivity is vital to Scotland’s economy, whether in relation to: improving the...More
The consultation sets out details for how Scottish Ministers propose to bring the requirements of European Directive 2014/52/EU, known as the Environmental Impact Assessment or ‘EIA’ Directive into Scottish legislation.
The EIA Directive requires an assessment of the effects of certain...More
Throughout this document, we will refer to our paper, A New Future for Social Security in Scotland, which we published in March. In that paper, the Scottish Government made a commitment to work with people across Scotland to determine how best to use the new social security powers which will...More
This consultation is relevant to anyone who is either involved or interested in arbitration as provided for in the Arbitration (Scotland) Act 2010.
The purpose of the draft Order is to remove the ability of arbitrating parties to contract out of using the new arbitration law provided for by...More
The Scottish Health Survey (SHeS) has been carried out annually since 2008 and prior to this was carried out in 1995, 1998, and 2003. Commissioned by the Scottish Government Health Directorates, the series provides regular information on aspects of the public's health and factors related...More
The Mental Health (Scotland) Act 2015 makes amendments to the operation of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 and to the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 in relation to the treatment of mentally disordered offenders. It also creates a new victim information and...More
The co-ordinates and description detailed in schedule 1 of the existing designation order for the Fetlar to Haroldswick MPA does not properly create the accepted boundary of the site that is shown on maps . In other words, trying to re-create the map from the description in the designation...More
The co-ordinates and description detailed in schedule 1 of the existing designation order for the Small Isles MPA does not properly create the accepted boundary of the site that is shown on maps . In other words, trying to re-create the map from the description in the designation order is...More
Proposed management measures for Small Isles MPA were first subject of a public consultation from 11 November 2014 - 02 February 2015. In response to that consultation Scottish Ministers decided management of the Small Isles MPA would be implemented through a Marine Conservation Order (MCO). ...More
Note: This consultation will run for a shorter consultation period of 8 weeks due to the limited number of stakeholders on what is a particular issue.
The Scottish Government has an option to put transitional relief arrangements in place to phase in any large changes in individual rate bills...More
The consultation sets out proposals for fees in the Court of Session, the High Court of the Justiciary, the Sheriff Appeal Court, the sheriff court, the Sheriff Personal Injury Court, and the justice of the peace court. Court fees are a major source of income for the Scottish Courts and Tribunals...More
The Barclay review group has been set up make recommendations that seek to enhance and reform the business rates system in Scotland better support business growth and long term investment and reflect changing marketplaces.
The Group will report to Ministers in July 2017. You are invited...More