How to respond
We are inviting responses to both consultations by Friday 15 September 2017. Please respond to this consultation using the Scottish Government's consultation platform, Citizen Space. If you are unable to respond online, you can also respond by email or by post.
Responding online: You can respond online using
the Scottish Government's consultation platform, Citizen Space,
Citizen Space allows you to save and return to your responses while the consultation is still open. A copy of your final response will be emailed to you.
Responding by email or post: To ensure that your response is attributed correctly, please indicate clearly which consultation and questions each part of your response relates to.
In order for your response to be valid you must also provide a completed Respondent Information Form ( RIF).
If you respond using Citizen Space, you will be directed to the RIF. Please indicate how you wish your response to be handled and, in particular, whether you are happy for your response to be published. If you ask for your response not to be published, we will regard it as confidential, and we will treat it accordingly.
If you are unable to respond by Citizen Space, and are responding by email or by post, please complete and return the RIF included in this document.
All respondents should be aware that the Scottish Government is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and would therefore have to consider any request made to it under the Act for information relating to responses made to this consultation exercise.
Next steps in the process
- Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public, and after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material, responses will be made available to the public at: http://consult.scotland.gov.uk. If you use Citizen Space to respond, you will receive a copy of your response via email.
- Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us. Responses will be published where we have been given permission to do so, and will be used to help inform the Scottish Government's final proposals for ADT tax bands and rate amounts which will be delivered in secondary legislation in the autumn.
- A post-adoption SEA statement will be published, which will reflect on the findings of the assessment and consultation, and explain how the issues raised have been considered and addressed in the preparation of the finalised policy.
Scottish Government consultation process
Consultation is an essential part of the policy-making process. It gives us the opportunity to consider your opinion and expertise on a proposed area of work.
You can find all our consultations online: http://consult.scotland.gov.uk. Each consultation details the issues under consideration, as well as a way for you to give us your views, either online, by email or by post.
Consultations may involve seeking views in a number of different ways, such as public meetings, focus groups, or other online methods such as Dialogue ( https://www.ideas.gov.scot).
Responses will be analysed and used as part of the decision-making process, along with a range of other available information and evidence. We will publish a report of this analysis for every consultation. Depending on the nature of the consultation exercise the responses received may:
- indicate the need for policy development or review;
- inform the development of a particular policy;
- help decisions to be made between alternative policy proposals; and
- be used to finalise legislation before it is implemented.
While details of particular circumstances described in a response to a consultation exercise may usefully inform the policy process, consultation exercises cannot address individual concerns and comments, which should be directed to the relevant public body.
Comments and complaints
If you have any comments about how this consultation exercise has been conducted, please send them to:Fiscal Responsibility Division, Scottish Government, Area 3D-North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ