We are often invited to respond to a range of consultation papers - and you can too!
The following consultations are listed with closing dates for your assistance.
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Stakeholder Events- Rail 2014 Consultation
In 2014, both the current contract for rail passenger services (ScotRail) and the funding arrangements for Network Rail in Scotland are due to be reviewed. The consultation document provides details of how the railway in Scotland operates today and sets out the questions and options being considered for the future.
The consultation considered a variety of issues affecting the delivery of rail services in Scotland, including rail fares, how to improve reliability, train and station facilities, and environmental factors.
Visit: http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/strategy-and-research/publications-and-consultations/j203179-00.htm to find out more and download the consultation documentation.
Mental Health Strategy for Scotland 2011 to 2015
Following the review of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 in 2010, the Scottish Government has published its consultation on the Mental Health Strategy for Scotland for the next four years - http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/09/01163037/0. Closed: 31/01/12
Public Sector Equality Duty – Revised Draft Regulations
The Scottish Government has published the revised draft regulations on the public sector equality duty - http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/09/09134605/0.
The Scottish Government published the report on the last consultation after it had asked the Scottish Parliament Equal Opportunities Committee to consider the regulations. The regulations submitted were not an accurate reflection of the consultation responses and a small working group hosted by the Coalition for Race and Racial Equality submitted evidence to the Equal Opportunities Committee on why the regulations should not be passed. The committee call two members of the working group to give oral evidence and then voted against the regulations as they were written. The working group put together an alternative version of the Public Sector Equality Duty that reflected the consultation responses, and this has been accepted in part by the Scottish Government. This is an example of how “people power” can work.
Keeping Scotland Safe and Strong: Reforming Police and Fire and Rescue Services in Scotland
The Scottish Government has published its consultation on the proposed changes to the Police Forces and the Fire and Rescue Services in Scotland - http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/357525/0120778.pdf. It is proposed to have a single police force and a single fire and rescue service, with local offices to serve communities. Closed: 02/11/11.
Scottish Social Housing Charter
The Scottish Government is consulting on the proposed Social Housing Charter - http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/08/04092156/0. Closed: 01/11/11.
Access to Elected Office for Disabled People
The Gender, Equalities Participation and International Directorate of the UK Government Equalities Office have published the report on the consultation into Access to Elected Office for Disabled People. Deaf people are mentioned in several sections. To read the report, go to http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/equalities/public-political-equality/access-response/. The report is available in English, Welsh and Easy Read. If you would like it in any other format, you should contact the Directorate at email@example.com.
Written Evidence on Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities
The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRPD/Pages/ConventionRightsPersonsWithDisabilities.aspx#11) put out a call for written evidence on the practical and theoretical aspects of implementing Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
SCoD’s Management Committee agreed to send in a paper on the need to gather accurate statistics on deaf people in Scotland before this Article can be fully implemented to highlight the lack of statistics in Scotland. Our response can be downloaded here in word and pdf
The Right to Adapt Common Parts of Premises ConsultationThe Scottish Government is consulting on regulations which will give disabled people the right to make adaptations to common parts of the building they live in.
Self-directed Support: a draft Bill for consultation
A consultation on a draft bill on self-directed support. This follows an earlier consultation on the outline proposals for the Bill, completed in June 2010.
Not sure about Self–directed Support? Visit our BSL microsite.
A BSL Act for Scotland
The BSL Bill consultation was launched on Weds 8th July in Glasgow. It closed on 29th October 2010 by which time it had received 850 responses.
Blue Badge Consultation
In 2010, the Scottish Government consulted on who should be eligible for the Blue Badge Scheme and on their proposed changes to the processes attached to the scheme. The government has now published a report of its analysis of the responses received. You can read the overview of this report here as a word document or a pdf.
Referendum bill consultation in BSL
Plans to give the people of Scotland their say on the nation's future - including enhanced devolution and extending the powers of the Parliament to enable independence to be achieved - were unveiled with the publication of a draft Referendum Bill.
The consultation is also available in BSL on the Scottish Government website:
BBC ALBA is a Gaelic language television channel currently available on satellite and via BBC iPlayer. It aims to serve Gaelic speakers, those learning the language, those that might wish to learn, and those interested in the language and culture. The channel aims to reflect and support Gaelic culture, identity and heritage.
After 12 months, the BBC gave a commitment to review how the channel is performing. As part of the review, the BBC is to consider whether to make the channel available to more people by putting it on Freeview (it is currently only available via satellite and limited cable suppliers). There is only a limited amount of space on Freeview that the BBC can use. The proposal is to remove the BBC’s network radio stations - from Freeview in Scotland-only - when BBC ALBA is on air.
SCoD recognises that the removal of the radio stations will not have an impact on deaf people in Scotland, but as there are very few programmes for Deaf BSL users, the fact that the BBC is willing to consider using this space for the Gaelic Channel could be seen as effectively ruling out any chance of a BSL channel in Scotland should it ever be proposed. It might be worth taking part in the online survey and asking whether or not the BBC has considered a BSL Channel on Freeview.
To take part, follow this link:
Organisations can also take part in the consultation. The consultation document is available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/assets/files/pdf/consult/alba/bbc_alba_consultation.pdf.
Equality Duty: Putting it into Practice
The Scottish Government is seeking views on the duties that should be placed on Scottish public authorities to assist them deliver on the general Equality Duty outlined in the UK Government's Equality Bill. For more information, go to http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2009/09/28154835/0.
BSL:UPTAKE has translated the summary and questions for this Scottish Government consultation. It can be viewed on the BSL:UPTAKE website: www.bsluptake.org.uk/?p=1016. You can respond by post, email or in BSL.
This is your chance to tell the Scottish Government what you think. Please do respond.
Consultation on equality and diversity support in colleges and universities
Earlier this year, the Scottish Funding Council announced that funding would no longer be continued for Equality Forward, the equalities support agency for colleges and universities. As a result, the Funding Council is now seeking views on how colleges and universities can be supported with their equality and diversity work. You can access the full consultation document ad further details from:
Mental Health Review Consultation
The Scottish Government would like to know what your views are about the recommendations made by the Mental Health Review group in their report to Scottish Ministers. The specific areas that they want your comments on are Named Persons, Medical Examinations and Reports and the Tribunal if you have to attend more than one hearing. The review report also mentions Advance Statements and access to Independent Advocacy. To read the consultation document go to http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2009/08/07143902/0 . SCoD will be putting together a response to this consultation. If you have any comment to make about anything said in the review report, please contact Mandy at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone/textphone 0141 248 1854 or by post.
Privacy and Public Confidence in Scottish Public Services: draft Identity Management and Privacy Principles consultation
People are often asked by public service organisations to prove that they are who they say they are - either to prevent fraud or to show that they are entitled to receive a particular service or benefit. They want to know that public authorities and other organisations respect their privacy and recognise the harm which may be done if personal information is collected or held unnecessarily, or lost or misused. These draft Principles have been developed by the Scottish Government to help ensure that respect for privacy is central to the way public services prove identity or entitlement and to help public service organisations comply with data protection and human rights legislation.
The consultation is available at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2009/08/PrinciplesConsultation .
The Debt Arrangement Scheme - Improving Access
The Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS) allows people time to repay multiple debts over an extended period, through a formal Debt Payment Programme ( DPP). The Scottish Government has published a consultation providing information on the scheme and invites responses from interested parties to contribute to the continued development of a robust and effective mechanism to allow the people of Scotland to manage their debt. To read the consultation document, go to http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2009/09/22141137/0.
The Right to Control
The Office for Disability Issues (UK Government) has launched a consultation to ask disabled people how to make choice and control a reality in their lives. The consultation invites disabled people, organisations, public bodies, service providers and commissioners to submit their views on the best way to deliver the Right to Control.
The Right to Control is about shifting the balance of power from the state to the individual and recognising that disabled people are the experts in their own lives.
For more information, go to http://www.odi.gov.uk/working/right-to-control.php.
To order a copy of the consultation in BSL on DVD email email@example.com or telephone 020 7449 5093.
Draft Fire and Rescue Framework for Scotland 2009
Scottish Ministers have to prepare a document setting out priorities and objectives for Scotland's Fire and Rescue Authorities. The consultation is available at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2009/06/19102633/0.
Draft Housing (Scotland) Bill
The consultation paper outlines the Government’s proposals for a Bill that would safeguard social housing for the future, by reforming the law on Right to Buy, and would improve the value that tenants and taxpayers receive from social housing.
To read the paper go to http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2009/04/27095102/0.
Regulation of Bus Services Bill
Charlie Gordon (MSP for Glasgow Cathcart) has put forward a Member’s Bill that proposes to provide transport authorities with powers relating to the provision of local bus services and their standards and to widen the National Bus Travel Concession Scheme.
The Bill will authorise free bus travel for anyone who gets the lower rate of Disability Living Allowance, and their carer or escort and will extend the current concessionary scheme to include community transport organisations that run bus services in rural areas where there are no commercial services – this will improve access to public transport for older and disabled people.
The paper can be downloaded as a pdf:
Proposed Palliative Care (Scotland) Bill
Roseanna Cunningham (MSP for Perth) has put forward a Member’s Bill to call for needs-based palliative care to be available on demand.
Palliative care is provided for people who have a terminal illness or condition to ensure that they end their lives without pain and with dignity. At the moment, there is no legal requirement to provide high-quality palliative care to those in need.
The Scottish Government has acknowledged that there is a need to improve this form of care and has put together a palliative care plan.
This proposed bill wants to put a legal obligation on all local NHS Boards to make improvements.
The Scottish Government has published a consultation on Patients’ Rights and it is for anyone who uses the NHS in Scotland in any way. The consultation paper is in two parts:
Part 1 - seeks views on the development of a legal framework for what individuals can expect from the NHS in Scotland and what can be expected from them. It does so by looking at what: you have a right to expect including, for example, a new in-patient and day case waiting time guarantee; your responsibilities are; involvement and support you can expect in decisions about your own health and about the health services 3 you use; and you can expect to happen if things go wrong.
Part 2 - explains how you can respond to the consultation.
Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 Review
SCoD put together a response to the Mental Health Act Review.
If you are deaf, care for a deaf person or support deaf people in the community/hospital and would like to have your comments included in this response, please download the full document the link at the foot of this page to the information from the Review Group and email any comments to Mandy Reid, Policy & Research Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or send them by post to:
Mandy Reid, Scottish Council on Deafness, Central Chambers Suite 62, 93 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 6LD.
Mandy does not need your name – if you want to remain anonymous – but she does need to know where in Scotland you live/work and if you are:
· Deaf yourself;
· A carer for a deaf person; or
· Support deaf people in the community or in hospital.
Scotland's Mental Health Act Review (pdf, opens a new tab/window)
No one written off: reforming welfare to reward responsibility – Department of Work and Pensions Consultation
This paper is a wide ranging consultation on the future of welfare.
The Green Paper sets out plans for improving support and work incentives to create a system that rewards responsibility. The majority of people of working age – who can work now or at some point in the future – and their families will no longer be on benefits for life. For more information go to http://www.dwp.gov.uk/welfarereform/noonewrittenoff/ (new tab/window).
For a summary of the consultation in BSL, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8JcZL_fcLw.
Better Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke Care
Coronary Heart Disease and stroke continues to be one of the clinical priorities of NHSScotland, not least because much cardiovascular disease can be prevented, and because of its association with significant health inequalities.
The national strategy is being refreshed to bring it into line with Better Health, Better Care. This consultation emphasises the importance we attach to making sure that people in Scotland with heart disease or who have had a stroke get access to care that stands in comparison with the best elsewhere in the world.
We would like to see contributions from people who have any form of cardiac disease or who have had a stroke, their families and carers, the voluntary sector organisations which act as the advocates of people with any kind of cardiovascular disease, and those who have a personal or professional interest in any of the issues covered by the consultation document.
NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (NHS QIS) Stakeholder Consultation
The main consultation document provides information on NHS QIS’ strategic direction and on their processes for determining what work they undertake. To read the consultation documents, go to http://www.nhshealthquality.org/nhsqis/files/Stakeholder%20consultation_MAIN_FINAL_lores.pdf.
Adult Support & Protection (Scotland) Act 2007
Part 1 of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 is due to start in autumn 2008.
The Act introduces new measures to protect adults at risk of harm. These include rights of entry to a person’s home, day care centres, care homes, etc where adults are thought to be at risk of harm; the introduction of a range of protection orders including assessment, removal and banning orders and the creation of local multi-agency Adult Protection Committees (APCs) across Scotland.
The Scottish Government is asking for responses to the draft Guidance for the APCs.
Code of Practice:
The Scottish Government has published the consultation responses submitted for the Code of Practice for Part 1 of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 (ASP) and associated regulations on performing Council Officer Functions. SCoD’s response is available at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/233843/0064038.pdf
Better Cancer Care - A Discussion
A national discussion has been launched on future priorities for cancer care in Scotland. This will give patients, carers, healthcare professionals and the public the opportunity to reflect on the progress made in recent years, acknowledge some of the challenges that remain and help the Scottish Government to focus activity on improving services.
Taking Forward The Government Economic Strategy: A Discussion Paper on Tackling Poverty, Inequality and Deprivation in Scotland
This discussion paper is designed to inform the development of a framework for delivering on the aspects of the strategy related to tackling poverty, inequality and deprivation in Scotland.
The Scottish Government has published the responses it received on the consultation: