Consultations 1This page will be updated monthly to provide up-to-date links to consultations relevant to the third sector.

Community views sought in review of town centre parking across Aberdeenshire
.Views are being sought on the future of town centre car parking in Aberdeenshire to feed into a major review, which could see the decriminalisation of ‘on-street’ parking. Vibrant town centres have many social benefits for communities and support local economies, attracting customers to businesses and providing local employment opportunities. The survey for public users of town centres can be completed here: The survey for town centre businesses can be found here:

Preparing for the financial impact of caring – help to test a new online resource

Carers UK is developing an online resource, Thinking Ahead, to help working-age adults prepare for the financial impact of looking after someone. The aim of this work, funded by the Money Advice Service, is to make more people aware of the potential costs involved when friends or family need care, and to help people plan ahead for how they might approach this major life event. When they've received feedback on the resource, they plan to develop it further in the New Year.
To begin the resource:

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Concessionary Travel consultation
A consultation by the Scottish Government for the National Concessionary Travel Scheme has opened and your views are sought. The survey closes on 17th November.

Have your say on council priorities

A new council term began in May 2017 and they are now working to develop their new council priorities. These will strengthen everything they do between now and 2022. The priorities are split between four identified themes. Once the priorities are approved, they will form part of the Council Plan. This is the document that gives residents, staff, businesses and our partners a clear understanding of our key issues. The priorities make clear exactly what sort of council they want to be, and what sort of council you need them to be. That's why they would like to hear what you have to say. They also really want to get your views on the opportunities that these present. Take part in the consultation here.

Living with a disability in Aberdeenshire - survey

Aberdeenshire Council have launched a major survey so that they can improve communities and quality of life for disabled people. Your views will help inform future planning.  They will be shared with relevant agencies who can take action to improve your community. Find out more about the survey and take part here:

OSCR Consults on Fundraising Guidance

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) is seeking your views on its draft Fundraising Guidance. View the draft Fundraising Guidance and consultation here: Fundraising is an essential activity for many, if not most, charities. It’s what supports them in pursuing their charitable objectives – and it ultimately rests on public confidence. When fundraising, there are rules that must be followed and charity trustees must be aware of their responsibilities. The laws around fundraising have not changed but due to the changes in fundraising self-regulation over the past 2 years and the heightened awareness about fundraising practices, OSCR feel that new guidance is necessary. The consultation on draft Fundraising Guidance is open from 7th September to 1st December 2017. The response is split into parts:

  • Online usability questionnaire - this strand will take a few minutes to complete and asks you to rate how easy the draft guidance is to navigate and understand.
  • Content questions and response form - this strand asks more detailed questions about the content of the draft guidance and the technical guide.

Respondents will provide their answers to a series of questions on a consultation response form, which can be returned by post or emailed to

Scottish Government Consultation Hub

The Scottish Government wants to make it as easy as possible for 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.
They have a consultation hub on their website where you can view and take part in consultations as well as see consultations that have already been archived.

Visit the hub here:

Experience of working with child refugees in Scotland?

Children in Scotland would like to build a clearer picture of professionals’ experiences of working with children who have experienced trauma, including refugee children, to help inform their communications, training and events. If you have experience of working with refugee children and families, Children in Scotland ask for your help in answering just 4 short questions here.

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