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  1. Adult learning strategy: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for the adult learning strategy.

  2. Adult learning strategy: fairer Scotland duty summary

    Fairer Scotland Duty Assessment for the adult learning strategy.

  3. Adult learning strategy 2022 to 2027

    The Adult Learning Strategy sets out our actions to improve life chances for adult learners across Scotland. It outlines how we will ensure that there are accessible opportunities for adults to learn throughout their lives.

  4. Adult learning strategy: easy read

    An easy read version of the Adult Learning Strategy.

  5. Town centre action plan review: joint Scottish Government and COSLA response

    Joint response from SG and COSLA to the New Future for Scotland's Town Centres report. Sets out some of the ways in which we can all seek to do our part, locally and nationally, in rebuilding, reenergising and reimagining our towns to meet our place and country ambitions.

  6. Support for fishing businesses and coastal communities

    Next round of funding announced.

  7. A Blue Economy Vision for Scotland

    Sets out our long-term ambition for Scotland’s blue economy to 2045. It demonstrates how much we value our marine environment and its significance. This is captured in six outcomes sitting across a range of environmental, social and economic ambitions.

  8. Open Government Action Plan published

    Public to participate in decisions on health and climate change.

  9. Institutionalising Participatory and Deliberative Democracy Working Group report: supporting document

    This supporting document provides further information on the values, principles and standards for participation, democratic innovations and citizens' assemblies that the Institutionalising Participatory and Deliberative Democracy (IPDD) Working Group recommends are collectively adopted.

  10. Institutionalising Participatory and Deliberative Democracy Working Group: report

    Recommends how the Scottish Government's ambition for change can be delivered to make Scotland’s democracy more participative and inclusive, and proposes next steps as it incorporates processes for participatory and deliberative democracy into the democratic system.

  11. Scotland's Open Government action plan: 2021 to 2025

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

  12. National Islands Plan: annual report 2021

    The Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 requires that a report is presented to Parliament each year setting out the progress made towards delivery of the National Islands Plan.

  13. New funding for resilient and sustainable islands

    £4 million investment announced for Scotland’s islands.

  14. Fireworks and Pyrotechnics Articles (Scotland) Bill: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment (CRIWA) for the Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill.

  15. Fireworks and Pyrotechnics Articles (Scotland) Bill: business and regulatory impact assessment

    Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) for the Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill.

  16. Fireworks and Pyrotechnics Articles (Scotland) Bill: equality impact assessment

    Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) for the Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill.

  17. Fireworks and Pyrotechnics Articles (Scotland) Bill: island communities impact assessment

    Island Communities Impact Assessment for the Fireworks and Pyrotechnics Articles (Scotland) Bill.

  18. Fireworks and Pyrotechnics Articles (Scotland) Bill: fairer Scotland duty assessment

    A Fairer Scotland Duty Assessment (FSDA for the Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill.

  19. Funding for sustainable islands

    Additional funding allocated to local island projects.

  20. Promoting healthy and resilient island communities

    Funding allocated to local island projects.

  21. Reviewing design methods to make them more sensitive to gender

    This report summarises key findings from a desk research and presents ideas that can help design practitioners involve women and girls from a variety of backgrounds in their work. This allows the seldom heard voices of women and girls to inform good service design.

  22. Grants to revitalise neighbourhoods

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

  23. Scotland's Climate Assembly - recommendations for action: SG response

    Scotland's Climate Assembly published their full report on 23 June 2021. It included 81 recommendations for the Scottish Government, who had six months to respond. This response sets out the existing and proposed actions that government will take in order to address their recommendations.

  24. Citizens' Assembly of Scotland - Doing Politics Differently report: Scottish Government response

    Our response to the report of the Citizens' Assembly of Scotland report 'Doing Politics Differently'.

  25. Scotland's News - towards a sustainable future for public interest journalism: report

    Independent report produced by the short-life Public Interest Journalism Working Group outlining their recommendations to the Scottish Government on developing a sustainable future for public interest journalism in Scotland.

  26. Empowering communities on climate action

    Towns chosen to help drive just transition to net zero.

  27. Creating resilient and sustainable islands

    Funding allocated to local island projects.

  28. Community Land Week

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

  29. Fairer Scotland Duty: guidance for public bodies

    Statutory guidance for public sector bodies subject to the Fairer Scotland Duty to help them actively consider how they can reduce inequalities of outcome caused by socio-economic disadvantage, when making strategic decisions.

  30. Community Ownership in Scotland 2020

    Annual publication showing the extent of community ownership in Scotland.

  31. Climate change - Net Zero Nation: public engagement strategy

    Sets out our overarching framework for engaging the people of Scotland in the transition to a net zero nation which is prepared for the effects of our changing climate.

  32. Just Transition - A Fairer, Greener Scotland: Scottish Government response

    The Scottish Government's initial response to the final report of the Just Transition Commission. It sets out our long-term vision for just transition and provides details on our National Just Transition Planning Framework.

  33. 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.

  34. Maoin ùr air fhosgladh airson coimhearsnachdan eileanach

    A’ lìbhrigeadh ath-shlànachadh eaconamach uaine.

  35. New fund opens for island communities

    Delivering a green economic recovery.

  36. New plan for Social Enterprises

    Additional investment of more than £5 million.

  37. Helping communities recover from the pandemic

    Commitment to tackle inequality.

  38. Connecting Scotland

    Investment in digital inclusion exceeds £48 million.

  39. Third Sector Growth Fund

    £30 million for charities and social enterprise.

  40. Helping communities through the pandemic

    More than £1 billion invested over the last year.

  41. A new standard for housing

    Ensuring equal quality of homes.

  42. Tackling Child Poverty

    Further £7 million to combat inequality.

  43. 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.

  44. Launch of £15 million Scottish Community Lenders Fund

    Affordable credit as we emerge from COVID-19.

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

    Projects invited to apply for support.

  46. Island Communities Impact Assessments: guidance and toolkit

    This guidance provides the tools to help you complete an Island Communities Impact Assessment (ICIA) as required under the Islands (Scotland) Act 20181 (the Act). In particular, this guidance is about the Section 7 duty of the Act where a Relevant Authority must have regard to island communities.

  47. New grant for local projects

    Scotland Loves Local encourages community shopping.

  48. Rebuilding a fairer Scotland after COVID-19

    Expertise and experience wanted to help tackle poverty and inequality.

  49. Boost for Scottish youth work

    New fund to help education recovery from COVID-19.

  50. Building resilience for island communities

    £2 million for locally-led green recovery.

  51. Regenerating communities

    £30 million to support economic recovery.

  52. Support for coastal communities

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

  53. Wellbeing Fund open for bids

    Charities invited to apply for cash help.

  54. 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.

  55. More funding for community regeneration

    Further £25 million investment to tackle inequality.

  56. 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.

  57. Fund to empower communities: equalities impact assessment

    EIA on the Investing in Communities Fund.

  58. Community ownership in Scotland: 2018

    Annual publication showing the extent of community ownership in Scotland.

  59. Community ownership is increasing across Scotland

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

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

    Empowering local communities.

  61. 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.

  62. 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.

  63. 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. 

  64. 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.

  65. Allotments: guidance for local authorities

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

  66. Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland

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

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

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

  68. 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.

  69. 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.

  70. Communities want more local powers

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

  71. Investing in communities

    New £11.5 million fund open for applications.  

  72. 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. 

  73. 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.

  74. £2 million for Highland communities

    New funding for local services.  

  75. 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.

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

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

  77. Tackling social isolation and loneliness

    World-leading strategy to connect our communities

  78. ‘Shop Social’ this Christmas

    Additional funding to strengthen the social enterprise sector.

  79. Third Sector Interface: outcome framework

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

  80. 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.

  81. Community right to buy abandoned, neglected or detrimental land: easy read version

    A short guide for community groups to Part 3A of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 relating to abandoned, neglected or detrimental land.

  82. Community right to buy abandoned, neglected or detrimental land: information for communities

    Information for communities thinking of applying for community right to buy abandoned, neglected or detrimental land.

  83. 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.

  84. Tackling social isolation and loneliness: consultation analysis

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

  85. 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.

  86. 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.

  87. 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.

  88. 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.

  89. Scottish Crown Estate

    Bill to give communities a stronger voice.

  90. 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.

  91. Community Choices Fund: guidance and application forms

    Guidance and application form for community organisations and Community Councils.

  92. Communities to shape democracy

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

  93. Climate Challenge Fund

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

  94. Planning application decision times published

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

  95. Scottish Crown Estate

    Landmark legislation published.

  96. 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.

  97. Designing communities

    People to have say in designs for their area.

  98. £14 million for young people and communities

    More than 100 organisations to benefit from funding.

  99. Community ownership is increasing in Scotland

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

  100. 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.

  101. Asset Transfer Requests: Notification of Review Decision by Scottish Ministers

    Asset Transfer Request under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015: Notification of Review of Decision by Scottish Ministers.

  102. 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.

  103. 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

  104. Local community land transfer in Skye

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

  105. More choice for communities

    Landmark agreement with COSLA reached.

  106. Supporting local communities

    Funding to tackle poverty.

  107. £1.5m for Community Choices Fund

    People to have more say on how money is spent.

  108. £1.5m for Community Choices Fund

    People to have more say on how money is spent.

  109. Registration consent granted for Ulva

    Community gains right to register interest in buying island.

  110. Making more of Scotland’s land

    Vision for land rights and responsibilities.

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

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

  112. Scottish land rights and responsibilities statement

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

  113. 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.

  114. Land rights and responsibilities statement: consultation analysis

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

  115. Asset transfer: model documents

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

  116. Urban right to buy

    Community group is first to benefit in urban area.

  117. 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.

  118. Guidance for land owners

    Consultation on best way to engage local communities.

  119. 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.

  120. Scottish Land Fund awards

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

  121. Greater power for Scotland's communities.

    Community Empowerment Act

  122. 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.

  123. 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.

  124. Asset transfer: legislative regulations

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

  125. 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.

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

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

  127. Asset transfer request regulations: appeals (amended)

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

  128. 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.

  129. Asset transfer: summary guide

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

  130. 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.

  131. 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.

  132. 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.

  133. Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement: a consultation

    A consultation on the Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement.

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

    Guidance for community bodies on the statutory asset transfer scheme.

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

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

  136. 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.

  137. 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).

  138. 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.

  139. Call to increase community ownership

    Land Reform Secretary highlights right to buy opportunities.

  140. £350K to support community ownership

    Funding will enable communities to buy out buildings and land.

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