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Death and end of life

  1. National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Regulations 1992 - Child Migrant Trust amendments: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for disregarding any payment from the Child Migrant Trust, in relation to the financial assessment for living in a care home in Scotland.

  2. National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Regulations 1992 - Historical Institutional Abuse Redress Board (Northern Ireland) amendments: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for disregarding any payment from the Historical Institutional Abuse Redress Board (Northern Ireland), in relation to the financial assessment for living in a care home in Scotland.

  3. National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Regulations 1992 - Troubles related incident Victims' Payment Scheme (Northern Ireland) amendments: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for disregarding any payment from the Troubles related incident Victims’ Payment Scheme (Northern Ireland), in relation to the financial assessment for living in a care home in Scotland.

  4. National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Regulations 1992 - Infected Blood Financial Support Payment Schemes in the UK amendments: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for disregarding any payment from the Infected Blood Financial Support Payment Schemes in the UK, in relation to the financial assessment for living in a care home in Scotland.

  5. Strokes: progressive stroke pathway

    The progressive stroke pathway, produced by the National Advisory Committee for Stroke (NACS), sets out a vision of what progressive stroke care in Scotland should comprise.

  6. Coronavirus (COVID-19) supporting Gypsy/Travellers: framework for local authorities

    This framework, created jointly with COSLA, is for local authorities and partners supporting Gypsy/Traveller communities whilst Scotland transitions to living with COVID-19. This framework replaces all previous versions.

  7. Health and social care strategy for older people: consultation

    Consultation paper on a Health and Social Care Strategy for Older People.

  8. Health and social care strategy for older people: consultation - easy read

    Easy read version of the consultation paper on a Health and Social Care Strategy for Older People.

  9. Long-term monitoring of health inequalities: March 2022 report

    Annual update of the long-term monitoring of health inequalities headline indicators.

  10. Excess deaths from all causes and dementia by setting Scotland 2020-2021

    Secondary analysis of National Records of Scotland deaths data relating to people with dementia during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in different settings.

  11. HM Inspector of Anatomy for Scotland: annual report April 2019 - March 2021

    Annual report, written by Professor Gordon Findlater, Her Majesty's Inspector of Anatomy for Scotland, providing a resume of duties undertaken in the role during the period April 2019 to March 2021.

  12. Inspector of Burial, Cremation and Funeral Directors: annual report 2020 to 2021

    Report compiled by Gordon Findlater, Inspector of Burial, Cremation and Funeral Directors for the purpose of providing Scottish Ministers with a resume of duties undertaken in the role during the period December 2020 – December 2021.

  13. Coronavirus (COVID-19): transfer of medical certificates of cause of death - guidance for doctors

    Guidance for medical practitioners on the electronic transfer of medical certificates of cause of death (MCCD) from health services to registrars and next of kin during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  14. Senior Inspector of Burial, Cremation and Funeral Directors: annual report - April 2020 – September 2021

    Annual report, written by Robert Swanson QPM, Senior Inspector of Burial, Cremation and Funeral Directors, providing a resume of duties undertaken in the role during the period April 2020 to September 2021.

  15. Record your organ and tissue donation decision

    Six months since opt out system introduced.

  16. Steps to increase organ transplants

    Plan sets out key priorities.

  17. Organ and tissue donation: agreement between the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and the Scottish Donation and Transplant Group

    This agreement updates the 2017 version by setting out the procedures to follow to seek consent from a Procurator Fiscal for deceased organ or tissue donation to proceed in cases where a death needs to be reported to the Procurator Fiscal service.

  18. Funeral Director - Code of Practice: consultation analysis

    Analysis of the consultation carried out between June and September 2019 on the proposed Funeral Director: Code of Practice.

  19. Organ and tissue donation law change

    Raising awareness of opt out system.

  20. Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Specified Type B Procedures) (Scotland) Regulations: analysis of consultation responses

    Analysis of responses to a consultation held on the proposed content of the Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Specified Type B Procedures) (Scotland) Regulations.

  21. Cremation (Scotland) Regulations 2019: guidance

    The Cremation (Scotland) Regulations 2019 provide a detailed framework for the provision of cremation services.

  22. Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Specified Type B Procedures) (Scotland) Regulations: consultation

    We are seeking views on medical procedures proposed to be specified as Type B pre-death procedures, alongside how they may be authorised and what conditions may be applied to them. Pre-death procedures are the medical procedures carried out to increase the likelihood of successful transplantation.

  23. Organ and tissue donation opt out system

    New law comes into effect next March.

  24. Coronavirus Act 2020 (C.7): determination under paragraph 9(1) of part 2 of Schedule 14 (Cremations)

    Determination under para 9(1) of the Coronavirus Act 2020 suspending the duties in relation to handling ashes that are normally placed on funeral directors, cremation authorities and local authorities.

  25. Coronavirus Act 2020 (C.7): determination under paragraph 8(1) of Schedule 14 (Cremations)

    Determination under para 8(1) of the Coronavirus Act 2020 relaxing arrangements around who can arrange a funeral.

  26. New process for reporting COVID-19 deaths

    New system in place.

  27. Coronavirus Act 2020 (C.7): direction under paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 14

    Direction under Paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 14 (Review of medical certificates of cause of death and cremations: Scotland) of the Coronavirus Act 2020 (C.7).

  28. Funeral Support Payment to be increased

    Extra help to pay for funerals.  

  29. HM Inspector of Anatomy: report - August 2018-October 2019

    Report by Professor Gordon Findlater, Inspector of Anatomy, detailing inspection outcomes and duties undertaken.

  30. Fewer deaths in winter 2018-19

    A National Statistics publication for Scotland.

  31. New funeral payment launches

    Scottish Government delivering sixth social security benefit.

  32. New funeral benefit to launch

    Improved financial support to help with bereavement costs

  33. Regulatory model including Progressive Licensing scheme for Funeral Directors: report to Scottish Ministers

    Report on the introduction of a regulatory model including Progressive Licensing scheme for Funeral Directors in Scotland.

  34. Planning your own funeral: guide

    Guide to planning your own funeral including help with costs.

  35. Inspector of Crematoria: annual report 2018-2019

    Report compiled by Robert Swanson, Inspector of Crematoria, for the purpose of providing Scottish Ministers with a resume of duties undertaken in the role during the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.

  36. Funeral directors: draft code of practice consultation

    Consultation on a draft statutory code of practice for funeral directors. Funeral directors will be inspected against this code once it comes into force.

  37. Funeral directors: draft code of practice

    Draft statutory code of practice for funeral directors. Funeral directors will be inspected against this code once it comes into force.

  38. Opt-out system for donation gets go-ahead

    Human Tissue law passes Stage 3.

  39. Funeral costs: guidance

    Guidance on funeral costs published under Section 98 of the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016.

  40. Funeral cost guidance published

    Recommendations to make clear cost information available.

  41. Infant cremation code of practice: third edition (2019)

    Key principles and minimum standards for all organisations conducting infant cremations in Scotland, as agreed by the National Committee on Burial and Cremation. This edition reflects the implementation of the Cremation (Scotland) Regulations 2019.

  42. Cremation: statutory forms

    Statutory forms and related guidance to be used as a requirement of the Cremation (Scotland) Regulations 2019 which came into force on 4 April 2019.

  43. Organ and tissue donation changes

    Latest on proposed opt-out system.

  44. Organ donor support rising

    Scotland’s organ donor registrations reaches half the population.

  45. Changing organ and tissue donation

    Legislation for a soft opt out system introduced to Parliament.

  46. Child burial and cremation fees to end

    Agreement will remove financial burden from families

  47. What to do after a death in Scotland - practical advice for times of bereavement: revised 11th edition 2016 (web only)

    General information on what to do after someone dies in Scotland and about succession and inheritance law. See https://www.mygov.scot/bereavement-benefits/ for the latest information about benefits.

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