1. Delivering Scotland's Blue Economy approach

    Sets out the first phase of delivery towards our Blue Economy Vision (published March 2022). It provides a clear picture of where we are now in relation to the six Blue Economy outcomes and sets out our next steps in delivering a collaborative approach in Scotland.

  2. Short Life Working Group on Facilitating Peaceful Assemblies: report

    The Short Life Working Group on Peaceful Processions in Scotland has reviewed processions in Scotland. The report uses the comparison between Northern Ireland and Scotland as a basis to discuss how well the legislative framework and related processes are working in Scotland.

  3. Scotland's support for displaced people from Ukraine: Super Sponsor Scheme review

    Following the Scottish super sponsor scheme pause and review, this paper outlines the interventions that have been identified to improve the scheme and support offered to displaced people from Ukraine.

  4. Scotland's National Strategy for Economic Transformation – Programme 3: Productive Businesses and Regions Equality Impact Assessment (Record and Results)

    Summary of results for the Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) undertaken to consider the impacts on equality of Programme 3 of Scotland’s National Strategy for Economic Transformation.

  5. Plana Gàidhlig Riaghaltas na h-Alba 2022-2027

    ’S e seo treas Plana Gàidhlig Riaghaltas na h-Alba – air ullachadh fo Achd na Gàidhlig (Alba) 2005. Tha e a’ mìneachah nan ceuman a tha Riaghaltas na h-Alba a’ gabhail gus taic a thoirt don Ghàidhlig is a luchd-labhairt taobh staigh na h-obraichean againn.

  6. Gaelic language plan 2022 to 2027

    Third iteration of our Gaelic language plan - produced under the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005. It outlines the steps we are taking to support Gaelic and Gaelic speakers within our internal operations.

  7. National conversation to inform a new dementia strategy: discussion paper

    This is a discussion paper we developed to help people respond to our national conversation on the future of dementia policy in Scotland.

  8. Creating Hope Together - suicide prevention strategy 2022 to 2032: easy read

    Easy read version of Scotland's Suicide Prevention Strategy - Creating Hope Together - 2022 to 2025.

  9. Creating Hope Together: suicide prevention action plan 2022 to 2025

    Scotland's Suicide Prevention Action Plan covering the period from 2022 to 2025.

  10. Creating Hope Together: suicide prevention strategy 2022 to 2032

    Scotland's Suicide Prevention Strategy covering the period from 2022 to 2032.

  11. Community Ownership in Scotland 2021

    Annual publication showing the extent of community ownership in Scotland.

  12. National Islands Plan: implementation route map 2022

    Details how we will deliver our priorities over the lifetime of the National Islands Plan. It identifies the methods to monitor progress towards fulfilling the many commitments in the Plan and sets out timescales for delivery of our work.

  13. Scottish Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement 2022

    Land reform in Scotland, including matters relating to the ownership, use and management of land and associated rights and responsibilities, is continually evolving. The Statement has been revised to ensure it remains relevant to informing policy and practice around land issues in Scotland.

  14. Supporting Scotland’s islands

    Funding package to improve island infrastructure.

  15. Tackling child poverty delivery plan: fourth year progress report 2021-2022 - focus report on households with babies under one

    Evidence about child poverty in households with a baby under one. The report presents the latest data on the child poverty targets and includes further evidence on the drivers of child poverty among this priority group.

  16. Scottish Government Commitments to Gaelic and Scots and a Scottish Languages Bill: consultation

    A consultation on our commitments to Gaelic, Scots and a Scottish Languages Bill.

  17. Scots Government Commitments tae Gaelic an Scots an Scots Langages Bill: consultation

    Consultation on Scots Government Commitments tae Gaelic an Scots an Scots Langages Bill.

  18. Co-chomhairleachadh air Geallaidhean Riaghaltas na h-Alba do Ghàidhlig agus Albais agus Bile nan Cànan Albannach

    Co-chomhairleachadh air Geallaidhean Riaghaltas na h-Alba do Ghàidhlig agus Albais agus Bile nan Cànan Albannach

  19. Islands Bond consultation: our response

    Response paper following analysis of Islands Bond consultation.

  20. Islands Bond: consultation responses analysis

    External analysis of Islands Bond online consultation responses, carried out by Griesbach and Associates.

  21. Delivering faster internet

    Full fibre broadband network extended.

  22. Primary care services - mental health and wellbeing: resources

    Resource developed to support staff working as part of a multi-disciplinary team in mental health and wellbeing in primary care service. It provides a directory of additional sources of help and support to help all staff.

  23. Making the Future - second Just Transition Commission: initial report

    The second Just Transition Commission convened in early 2022 with a remit to provide scrutiny and advice on the Scottish Government’s sectoral and regional just transition plans. This initial report sets out strategic priorities to ensure the decarbonisation of Scotland's economy is delivered fairly

  24. Suicide prevention strategy and action plan drafts: consultation

    Consultation on drafts of a new suicide prevention strategy and action plan for Scotland.

  25. Women in Scottish fisheries: literature review

    Findings from a review of research literature, case studies and examples of good practice from Scotland and beyond, alongside existing government strategies, to provide insights into challenges and opportunities presented for women in Scottish fishing.

  26. Launch of Scotland’s Volunteering Action Plan

    Increasing opportunities across Scotland’s communities.

  27. Volunteering action plan

    Scotland’s volunteering action plan aims to create a Scotland where everyone can volunteer, more often, and throughout their lives. Designed to provide actions over a 10‐year period as a living plan. It seeks to raise the profile of volunteering and its impact on society.

  28. Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020: twelfth report on the Scottish Ministers' responses to requests for information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

    Report on the Scottish Ministers’ handling of requests for information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 for the period from 27 March to 26 May 2022.

  29. Improving broadband access

    Progress to extend faster broadband to island communities. 

  30. Delivering Scotland's circular economy - proposed Circular Economy Bill: consultation

    This consultation seeks views on our proposals for legislation to develop Scotland’s circular economy. The consultation sets out a number of areas in which we are seeking views on whether to take powers within a new Circular Economy Bill.

  31. Support for fishing businesses and coastal communities

    Next round of funding announced.

  32. Open Government Action Plan published

    Public to participate in decisions on health and climate change.

  33. New funding for resilient and sustainable islands

    £4 million investment announced for Scotland’s islands.

  34. Funding for sustainable islands

    Additional funding allocated to local island projects.

  35. Promoting healthy and resilient island communities

    Funding allocated to local island projects.

  36. Grants to revitalise neighbourhoods

    Funding of £25 million to support community projects and local economies.

  37. Empowering communities on climate action

    Towns chosen to help drive just transition to net zero.

  38. Creating resilient and sustainable islands

    Funding allocated to local island projects.

  39. Community Land Week

    £1 million to put local assets in the hands of local communities.

  40. Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 - asset transfers: social value guidance

    Guidance on social value for the relevant authorities when they are considering asset transfer applications, and should be considered as one part of their overall decision making process.

  41. Islands bond: consultation

    The Scottish Government has made a commitment to developing an Islands Bond - offering 100 bonds of up to £50,000 to young people and families to stay in or to move to islands currently threatened by depopulation. This consultation is inviting comments to inform the development of this policy.

  42. Maoin ùr air fhosgladh airson coimhearsnachdan eileanach

    A’ lìbhrigeadh ath-shlànachadh eaconamach uaine.

  43. New fund opens for island communities

    Delivering a green economic recovery.

  44. New plan for Social Enterprises

    Additional investment of more than £5 million.

  45. Helping communities recover from the pandemic

    Commitment to tackle inequality.

  46. Connecting Scotland

    Investment in digital inclusion exceeds £48 million.

  47. Third Sector Growth Fund

    £30 million for charities and social enterprise.

  48. Helping communities through the pandemic

    More than £1 billion invested over the last year.

  49. A new standard for housing

    Ensuring equal quality of homes.

  50. Tackling Child Poverty

    Further £7 million to combat inequality.

  51. Inclusive participation in rural Scotland: research report

    Preliminary exploration report details the findings of research into barriers to participation facing lesser heard voices in the context of rural Scotland. Specifically, it focuses on the LGBTI community, disabled people, carers and ethnic minorities.

  52. Launch of £15 million Scottish Community Lenders Fund

    Affordable credit as we emerge from COVID-19.

  53. Launch of £7 million Equality and Human Rights Fund

    Projects invited to apply for support.

  54. New grant for local projects

    Scotland Loves Local encourages community shopping.

  55. Rebuilding a fairer Scotland after COVID-19

    Expertise and experience wanted to help tackle poverty and inequality.

  56. Boost for Scottish youth work

    New fund to help education recovery from COVID-19.

  57. Building resilience for island communities

    £2 million for locally-led green recovery.

  58. Regenerating communities

    £30 million to support economic recovery.

  59. Support for coastal communities

    £9.7 million of Scottish Crown Estate revenue to be distributed. 

  60. Wellbeing Fund open for bids

    Charities invited to apply for cash help.

  61. Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 - participation requests: evaluation

    Independent evaluation assessing the implementation of part 3 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 – participation requests.

  62. More funding for community regeneration

    Further £25 million investment to tackle inequality.

  63. The National Plan for Scotland's Islands

    The National Islands Plan provides a framework for action in order to meaningfully improve outcomes for island communities. This replaces the proposed plan published in October 2019.

  64. Fund to empower communities: equalities impact assessment

    EIA on the Investing in Communities Fund.

  65. Community ownership in Scotland: 2018

    Annual publication showing the extent of community ownership in Scotland.

  66. Community ownership is increasing across Scotland

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  67. New £11.5 million fund to tackle poverty and inequality

    Empowering local communities.

  68. Community-led design initiatives: evaluation

    Findings from an evaluation of community–led design initiatives funded by the Scottish Government: the Charrette Mainstreaming Programme and the Making Places initiative.

  69. Accountability of public services in Scotland: baseline evidence review and analysis

    Main findings arising from research of the current landscape of the accountability of Public Services in Scotland.

  70. Alcohol and Drug Partnerships: delivery framework

    Framework for local partnerships between health boards, local authorities, police and voluntary agencies working to reduce the use of and harms from alcohol and drugs. 

  71. The right to buy land to further sustainable development: consultation

    Consultation on regulations to bring Part 5 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 into force.

  72. Allotments: guidance for local authorities

    Guidance on certain sections of Part 9 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015: Allotments.

  73. Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland

    First step to set up new Assembly to help shape Scotland’s future.

  74. Brexit: unheard voices - views from stakeholders across Scotland on leaving the EU

    Views from stakeholders across Scotland on leaving the EU and our response.

  75. Evaluation of participatory budgeting activity in Scotland 2016-2018: research findings

    Research findings of an evaluation of the impact of participatory budgeting on communities, services, democracy and tackling inequality across local authorities in Scotland.

  76. Evaluation of participatory budgeting activity in Scotland 2016-2018

    Impact of participatory budgeting on communities, services, democracy and tackling inequality across local authorities in Scotland.

  77. Communities want more local powers

    Initial findings published of review into the devolution of local powers.

  78. Investing in communities

    New £11.5 million fund open for applications.  

  79. Good practice principles for renewable energy developments consultation: analysis of responses

    In 2018, we reviewed and consulted on our good practice principles for: community benefits from onshore renewable energy developments, shared ownership of onshore renewable energy developments, and community benefits from offshore renewable energy developments. 

  80. Scottish Surveys Core Questions 2017

    Official statistics publication on equality groups across a range of measures from harmonised questions in the major Scottish Government population surveys.

  81. £2 million for Highland communities

    New funding for local services.  

  82. Children and young people's voices matter: progress report - February 2019

    Progress on the actions agreed at the Cabinet meeting with children and young people in March 2018.

  83. Scotland's Open Government action plan: 2018 to 2020

    Scotland’s second national action plan as a member of the Open Government Partnership.

  84. Tackling social isolation and loneliness

    World-leading strategy to connect our communities

  85. ‘Shop Social’ this Christmas

    Additional funding to strengthen the social enterprise sector.

  86. Third Sector Interface: outcome framework

    Activites and outcomes of Third Sector Interface (TSI) work funded by the Scottish Government.

  87. Allotments: duty to prepare a food growing strategy - guidance for local authorities

    Statutory guidance for local authorities to assist them in their duty to prepare a food growing strategy, as set out in part 9, section 119 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.

  88. Environment and Land Reform: relations between non-governmental organisations and community groups

    The report examines relations between non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and community groups in the light of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 and the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016.

  89. Tackling social isolation and loneliness: consultation analysis

    Analysis of responses to our 'Connected Scotland: tackling social isolation and loneliness and building stronger communities' consultation.

  90. Annual canvass reform proposals: consultation paper

    This policy statement sets out the revised model for the annual canvass which has been drawn up by the UK, Scottish and Welsh Government, and seeks views from all interested parties.

  91. South of Scotland Enterprise Agency: consultation report

    Analysis report on the consultation process for creating the South of Scotland Enterprise Agency. The report analyses both online responses and opinions expressed at the 26 engagement events held across Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

  92. Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations 2018: process for considering third party representations

    Ministers are keen to ensure communities are engaged in environmental decision-making, and this policy statement sets out the circumstances under which third parties may ask Ministers to determine EAR applications.

  93. Common good property: statutory guidance for local authorities

    How local authorities should carry out the new legal duties imposed on them by Part 8 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.

  94. Scottish Crown Estate

    Bill to give communities a stronger voice.

  95. Together we can, together we will: consultation

    Consultation by National Consultation of Rural Advisers (NCRA) to help inform recommendations for Scottish Government on future policy direction for the rural economy.

  96. Community Choices Fund: guidance and application forms

    Guidance and application form for community organisations and Community Councils.

  97. Communities to shape democracy

    People to have their say on Scotland’s public services.

  98. Climate Challenge Fund

    More than 1,000 community projects have helped cut carbon emissions.

  99. Planning application decision times published

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

  100. Scottish Crown Estate

    Landmark legislation published.

  101. A Connected Scotland: tackling social isolation and loneliness and building stronger communities

    This strategy sets out our vision for a Scotland where everyone has the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships, regardless of age, status, circumstance, or identity.

  102. Designing communities

    People to have say in designs for their area.

  103. £14 million for young people and communities

    More than 100 organisations to benefit from funding.

  104. Community ownership is increasing in Scotland

    An Official (Experimental - Data under development) Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  105. Estimate of community owned land in Scotland 2017

    The estimate of community owned land in Scotland is an annual publication that will track progress towards the Scottish Government targets.

  106. Evaluating Participatory Budgeting activity in Scotland: interim report year 2

    Research Summary of interim findings of an evaluation study of Participatory Budgeting activity in Scotland.

  107. Engaging communities in decisions relating to land: consultation analysis

    Analysis of the consultation on the draft guidance on engaging communities in decisions relating to land. Scottish Ministers published a public consultation on the dra

  108. Local community land transfer in Skye

    Forestry land at Fairy Pools to be owned by community group.

  109. More choice for communities

    Landmark agreement with COSLA reached.

  110. Supporting local communities

    Funding to tackle poverty.

  111. £1.5m for Community Choices Fund

    People to have more say on how money is spent.

  112. £1.5m for Community Choices Fund

    People to have more say on how money is spent.

  113. Registration consent granted for Ulva

    Community gains right to register interest in buying island.

  114. Making more of Scotland’s land

    Vision for land rights and responsibilities.

  115. Scottish land rights and responsibilities statement: consultation response report

    Responses to consultation on draft Scottish land rights and responsibilities statement.

  116. Scottish land rights and responsibilities statement

    Statement of land rights and responsibilities in Scotland, as required by Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016.

  117. Community Empowerment (Registers of Land) (Scotland) Regulations 2016: amended version

    This document has been prepared to assist readers of the Community Empowerment Regulations pertaining to the registers of land.

  118. Land rights and responsibilities statement: consultation analysis

    Analysis of responses to the land rights and responsibilities statement consultation, which closed on 10 March 2017.

  119. Asset transfer: model documents

    Template and example documents pertaining to asset transfer, including request, acknowledgement, approval and refusal letters.

  120. Urban right to buy

    Community group is first to benefit in urban area.

  121. Community empowerment and common good property: consultation on draft guidance

    Consultation on guidance for local authorities on how to fulfil the requirements of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.

  122. Guidance for land owners

    Consultation on best way to engage local communities.

  123. Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015: analysis of consultation on participation requests

    Analysis of responses to the consultation on participation requests as part of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.

  124. Scottish Land Fund awards

    11 community groups share £2.1 million to develop community spaces.

  125. Greater power for Scotland's communities.

    Community Empowerment Act

  126. Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015: community transfer bodies' guidance

    A step-by-step guide for community bodies on asset transfer as part of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.

  127. Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015: asset transfer guidance for authorities

    A step-by-step guide for relevant authorities on the requirements for dealing with asset transfer requests.

  128. Asset transfer: legislative regulations

    List of original and amended regulations relating to the transfer of assets from public bodies to community groups and organisations.

  129. Asset transfer request regulations: procedure (amended)

    This document has been prepared to assist readers of the Community Empowerment Regulations pertaining to the procedure of asset transfer.

  130. Asset transfer request regulations: review procedure (amended)

    This document has been prepared to assist readers of the Community Empowerment Regulations pertaining to review procedures.

  131. Asset transfer request regulations: appeals (amended)

    This document has been prepared to assist readers of the Community Empowerment Regulations pertaining to appeals.

  132. Asset transfer request regulations: appeal where no contract concluded (amended)

    Document to assist readers of the Community Empowerment Regulations pertaining to appeals where no contract is concluded.

  133. Asset transfer: summary guide

    Summary guidance for community groups and organisations looking to take ownership of assets currently controlled by local authorities.

  134. Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, part 2 Community Planning: guidance

    This guidance is to help support those who wish to take part in community planning.

  135. Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, Part 2 Community Planning, Consultation on draft guidance and regulation, Analysis of responses

    An analysis of the responses received to our consultation on draft guidance and regulation.

  136. Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, part 2, community planning: guidance (Plain English version)

    This guide is to help people and communities understand what community planning is all about and how they can become involved.

  137. Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement: a consultation

    A consultation on the Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement.

  138. Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015: asset transfer guidance for community transfer bodies

    Guidance for community bodies on the statutory asset transfer scheme.

  139. Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015: draft asset transfer guidance for authorities

    Guidance for public sector bodies on the statutory asset transfer scheme.

  140. Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 Part 2 Community Planning: near-final guidance and regulation

    Near-final guidance and regulation produced to help support those who wish to take part in community planning.

  141. Secondary legislation proposals for Part 3A of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003: the community right to buy abandoned, neglected or detrimental land as introduced by the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

    Consultation analysis on the Community Right to Buy Abandoned, Neglected or Detrimental Land (also known as Part 3A).

  142. Proposals on secondary legislation the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 part three: crofting community right to buy as amended by the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015: consultation

    Consultation relating to secondary legislation for the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 part three, crofting community right to buy as amended by the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.

  143. Call to increase community ownership

    Land Reform Secretary highlights right to buy opportunities.

  144. £350K to support community ownership

    Funding will enable communities to buy out buildings and land.

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