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 – State of Caring Survey – on behalf of Carers UK  (11/04/19)

Last year over 7,000 carers shared their experience of caring.  This allowed us to highlight the impact of being a carer to the media, in dozens of evidence submissions to Government and Parliamentary consultations, and in reports that influence decision makers and policy makers in a wide range of areas.

In the survey we’ll be asking you to tell us what life is like now, and what needs to change.

This is the most extensive survey into carers’ experiences in the UK. As a result, it will take at least 20 – 30 minutes to complete – so grab a cuppa and get comfy!

Please note that this survey is only for those caring unpaid for a disabled, older or seriously ill relative or friend.

To complete the survey, follow the link below:


Current Consultations – Scottish Government launch consultation on extra payment for carers of more than one disabled child

27 March 2019

It is estimated that there are 1,800 parents in receipt of Carer’s Allowance in Scotland who have caring responsibilities for more than one disabled child (under 18). The Scottish Government have considered evidence from carers and stakeholders on the impact of caring for more than one disabled child, in terms of carers’ health and wellbeing, and the ability to access paid employment.

To help address this, the Scottish Government have committed to providing additional financial assistance to those caring for more than one disabled child by the end of this parliamentary term (April 2021).  They now want to hear directly from those with experience of caring for more than one disabled child to help them make decisions in the next stage of developing the policy.

Your response to their survey will remain anonymous, and will help them to ensure that the policy is fit for purpose.

Take the survey by clicking here.


Current Consultations – Police Scotland 

Shaping our direction and delivery 2019-22 (Police Scotland)

Police Scotland want to hear from the public and our partners about how we shape the service that we provide.

In 2017 we agreed a ten year strategy for how we want to build a sustainable service able to adapt to the needs of a changing Scotland. Since then, we have been planning for and delivering change, whilst continuing to provide the local and specialist services that keep people safe.
Each year we are required to publish an Annual Police Plan which sets out our operational priorities for the year ahead.
This year we will enhance that, by bringing together the work we do locally and nationally across all our functions with our change activity, into one plan covering the next three years.

This will show how all the parts of the service come together to make a positive impact for policing and society and to keep people safe across Scotland against a set of strategic outcomes.

As part of our ongoing engagement, we are looking for opinions from people across Scotland on our proposed outcomes, our approach, and how you want to be involved in working with us to continue to shape future services. We are also keen to hear your views to help shape our future strategies in respect to prevention and public contact and engagement.

Your opinions will help us to make sure that our plan fits with expectations and enables continued collaboration, and that we identify any areas of the plan that require to be amended or strengthened.
Our plan will be laid before the Scottish Parliament by the end of March.

The survey will be open until 18 March 2019.
To take part, please visit:

We will continuously monitor the responses on Citizen Space and also ask you to circulate this to your colleagues, communities and networks to help us reach a large and diverse audience.

Twitter: @policescotland

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Current Consultations – ACSP&YCS (Closing date 12th April)

Timescales for adult carer support plans and young carer statements for carers of people who are terminally ill

The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 extends and enhances the rights of unpaid carers in Scotland by giving ALL carers the right to an adult carer support plan or young carer statement. These documents identify the outcomes that are important to the carer; their needs; and any support to be provided. The Act requires Scottish Ministers to set timescales for preparing adult carer support plans and young carer statements for carers of people who are terminally ill, with a life expectancy of up to 6 months.

Why We Are Consulting

The views from this consultation will be used to inform regulations that will set prioritised time limits for the preparation of adult carer support plans and young carer statements for carers of people who are terminally ill.

Read the consultation paper.


Current Consultations – Improving Disability Assistance Scotland (Closing date 28th May)

A Consultation on Improving Disability Assistance in Scotland

This consultation asks questions on whether the policy intent set out in the Scottish approach to Disability Assistance will meet the needs of the children and adults it is intended to help. We would like to gather views to ensure we have identified the best possible approach to delivering this assistance before we draft the benefit regulations.

Building on our work with Experience Panels we are now keen to gather further views of people with a working knowledge of social security, including disability benefits, and experience of applying for disability benefits. The Scottish Commissionon Social Security (SCoSS) has been established and will scrutinise the Disability Assistance regulations which will be drafted in accordance with feedback from this consultation.

View full consultation paper on