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 – Community Action Lanarkshire have been helping Lesmahagow to create a 5 year community led action plan and the first stage is to do a community wide survey.  

Community Action Lanarkshire would love to hear from the voices of carers in Lesmahagow, Brocketsbrae and Hawksland so please take 5 minutes to complete the attached survey.


Current Consultations – The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Strategic Plan 2019-22.
The formal consultation for this draft Strategic Plan opened on Thursday 9 May 2019 and will run until Thursday 18 July 2019.

This is to introduce the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Strategic Plan 2019-22.
This is the third Strategic Plan that we have produced since our inception in 2013.  In our short history this is perhaps the most important plan we have produced so far.  It drives forward our commitments on how we will transform the Service to do more for Scotland and how we will adapt to the changing nature of risks facing communities across the country.  This plan sets out our commitments to the delivery of a first class fire and rescue service for all the people of Scotland.
In delivering our services we recognise the significant role we play in helping to achieve the Scottish Government’s purpose, which is to focus government and public services on creating a more successful country by increasing sustainable economic growth and providing opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish.

To download this Plan visit


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.