What are they?

There are many varied types of consultation. They aim to provide opportunities for all those who wish to express their opinions on a proposed area of work to do so in ways which will inform and enhance that work. Consultation exercises seek views in a number of different ways, such as written papers, public meetings, focus groups, questionnaire exercises or on-line discussion forums.

Consultation exercises do not address individual concerns and comments, but may eventually inform the policy process of the relevant directorate or public body. Typically consultations involve a written paper inviting answers to specific questions or more general views about the material presented. These papers are open for Carers to have their opinions and submit their responses.

Why are consultations so important?

Consultations give people in all walks of life a chance to get involved in the work of government. It is an important part of the policy-making process.

The views and suggestions detailed in consultation responses are analysed and used as part of the decision-making process. The responses that Carers submit may:

  • Indicate the need for further policy development or review
  • Inform the development of a particular policy
  • Help decisions to be made between alternative policy proposals
  • Used to finalise legislation before it is implemented
What we want to do

We want to seek out areas of interest that impact on Carers. We will find consultations and explain the outline of them so you can decide if you think you can have a say in the development of policy.

How can you make a difference?

Take part, when you see a consultation on our web site or Facebook pages click the link and have a read to add your opinion. If you want to discuss the consultation Ask we….We want Carers opinions and views to be heard. If you are not sure, we can talk the idea or process through with you.


Current Consultations – Carers Opinion Survey 2019 – Survey closes on 30th August 2019

Carer views are important to help us improve services and attract additional funding.
The Network would be grateful if as many members as possible could complete and return this short questionnaire.

The information you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence and will be held and used
in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 (GDPR).

If you have any questions or need help to complete the questionnaire, please give us a call on 01698 285163

Of if you would like to become a FREE member of South Lanarkshire Carers Network call the above number or
email the office at for further information


Current Consultations – Adult Mental Health Services – Guardian Survey

Consultation with proposed and appointed Guardians who have received a service from the Council’s Mental Health Service.

The Mental Health Officer (MHO) staff in South Lanarkshire Council aim to provide proposed and appointed Guardians with the best possible service.
The views of proposed and appointed Guardians are important in helping the resource to improve the service it provides.

to ensure the service provided meets the needs and expectation of proposed and appointed Guardians.


Current Consultations – South Lanarkshire People’s Panel Membership

South Lanarkshire Citizens panel currently comprises 2,000 South Lanarkshire residents.  The purpose of the Citizens’ Panel is to consult with residents on a range of topics.

Use the online form to apply to be a member of our Panel. You can take part on a basis that suits you.