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Scottish Government Consultations
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We know that the voices of therapeutic gardeners are important in shaping and informing Scottish society so we've picked out a few Scottish Government Consultations that may be relevant to you.
Why not respond to one of those listed below. Send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or respond directly to the consultation and let us know you have.
A Healthier Scotland: Consultation on Creating a New Food Body
Trellis contributed to the Voluntary Health Scotland and the Poverty Alliance roundtable discussion How can Scotland’s new food body help all Scotland’s people live longer, healthier lives? on 2nd May 2013 as part of the Scottish Government’s consultation on the role and scope of the proposed new food body for Scotland. Topics discussed include food advocacy, food poverty, food labelling and messaging, underlying structural issues and the co-ordination of services. Read the minutes from the roundtable here :Food Body Roundtable Notes 2 May 2013
The consultation closes on 22 May 2013. Response forms and details how to complete the forms are accessible through the Scottish Government website:A Healthier Scotland: Consultation on Creating a New Food Body
Self-directed Support (Direct Payments) (Scotland) Regulations 2013
A consultation on the Draft Self-directed Support (Direct Payments) (Scotland) Regulations 2013 focussing on on how self-directed suport will be paid is open until 10th July 2013. Find it at Currently available at
Click on this link to the Easy Read Guide to the Social Care(self-directed Support) Act 2012 from the Learning Disability Alliance Scotland.
Past Consultations and new Bills
The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Bill
was published in March 2013 and is available to download from the
Scottish Parliament website.
Details of the Scottish Government self-directed support strategy can be found here http://www.selfdirectedsupportscotland.org.uk/strategy/
For more information on self-directed support see the Self-direct Support Scotland web pages at http://www.selfdirectedsupportscotland.org.uk/
Further information is available on the Providers and Personalisation website
The Dementia Strategy 2013-16 Proposal Paper has now been published.
Read it online at Scottish Government web pages
Scottish Biodiversity Strategy
An analysis of responses to the Scottish Government's consultation on the 2020 Challenge for Scotland's Biodiversity was published 11th January 2013.
A Consultation on the 2020 Challenge for Scotland's Biodiversity: An Analysis of Consultation Responses can be viewed at
Chapter 3 of the consultation paper focused on the role of the natural world in improving our physical and mental health and well-being.
Public Consultation of Health and Social Care Integration
2013 - a summary of the Scottish Government's response to the key points made by respondents to the integration of adult health and social care consultation, and describes Ministers' thinking with regard to the Bill that will be introduced to the Scottish Parliament later in 2013. It addresses points made in the written responses that were submitted and also draws together a number of key observations that have been made to Ministers and officials during the period of consultation, during public discussion events and at other meetings.
View it online at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2013/02/4208
15th May 2013 Cross Party Group for Learning Disability - Individual and community groups can be involved at local level in determining their local health and social care services through Public Partnership Forums .
Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill
An Easy Read summary analysis was published 11th february 2013 of all 447 responses to the Scottish Government’s recent exploratory consultation on ideas for the proposed Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill, fousing on the ideas discussed in the Easy Read summary consultation paper. Read it at
If anyone would like to contact the Community Empowerment Unit - please email them at email@example.com.
Scottish Government Mental Health Strategy for Scotland: 2012-15
Thank you to all in the Trellis network who contributed to the SG Mental Health Strategy 2012-15. The new strategy has been published. The link below provides a copy of the Scottish Government’s new mental health strategy.
www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2012/08/9714. This web only version will be replaced with a designed version in a few weeks. Some hard copies will be available at that time. Arrangements are also in hand to publish the strategy in alternative formats (easy read and BSL). An eBook version will be available from Tuesday 14th August.
The same as you? Government Strategy for People with Learning Disabilities
The Scottish Government evaluation team has now gathered evidence using face-to-face interviews with people with learning disabilities and family carers about their lives, see the report published in May 2012 at http://www.scotland.gov.uk//Publications/2012/05/6945
The easy read version is available her http://www.scotland.gov.uk//Publications/2012/05/6945