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

Consultation on Scottish Charity Law

This consultation seeks views on potential improvements to the statutory charity regulation framework in Scotland, in light of proposals put forward by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). The proposals broadly focus on improvements to charity law that would increase transparency and accountability in order to maintain public trust and confidence in charities and OSCR. The Scottish Government are seeking views from members of the public, the charity sector, and anyone with an interest in charity law. We want to learn from the sector’s expertise and experience and hear first-hand about what really makes an impact on levels of public trust and confidence. Deadline: 1st April 2019. View the consultation here:

Local governance review

The Scottish Government and COSLA are conducting a review of local governance at the moment, looking in particular at whether and how more power can be devolved to local levels and how communities can have a greater say in how public services are run. The first phase of this review consisted of engagement with communities on how they thought they might be better involved in decision making – Democracy Matters Conversations were held across Scotland including Aberdeenshire as part of this process. Although this first stage of the review is now complete Aberdeenshire Council are looking for feedback as they enter the next stage. AVA is keen to send feedback on behalf of its members. Were you involved in any of the Democracy Matters Conversations? What were your thoughts? If you weren’t involved, would you still like to have your say? More details of the review process can be found at

Any thoughts, please send to:

‘One Scotland: Hate Has No Home Here’  – Public Consultation and Local Engagement Events

The Scottish Government is calling on the public to help shape consolidated and modernised hate crime legislation as a new consultation opens. The consultation calls for views on a number of issues including how best to tackle gender based prejudice and misogyny. The issue of sectarianism will also be considered with the consultation seeking views on how this could be tackled through law based on the findings of the Working Group on Defining Sectarianism in Scots Law. The public responses will inform the development of a hate crime bill which will be laid before Parliament later in this session of Parliament. The consultation will run until 24 February 2019, and includes a number of engagement events across Scotland to allow individuals and communities to come along to share their views and inform what is included in the new hate crime legislation (Aberdeen - 06/02/2019).  Bookings can made at any of these events and more information can be found at:

Survey: Worry about affording food? You’re not alone.
Whether you struggle to make ends meet from time to time, you’ve been unable to access nutritious food or you’ve had to skip a meal because your budget simply wouldn’t stretch. Bring your thoughts to the table at: Or pick up a copy of the survey at Banff & Buchan Citizens Advice Bureau #FoodOnTheTable

Saltire Awards Survey

The Scottish Government have reaffirmed the overall aim of the Saltire Awards and all future developments will link back to this clear aim: “The Saltire Awards should be a well-known, easy to access, simple and engaging way for young people to gain recognition for volunteering in their communities.” As part of this and building on the success of the awards, Project Scotland and SCVO on behalf of the Scottish Government and in partnership with local Third Sector Interfaces have teamed up to carry out a short (5 minute approximately), online survey for young people (aged 12-25 years) to complete. All feedback will help shape the awards and recognition of volunteering and young peoples great achievments. All survey participants will have the chance of winning £50 of love to shop vouchers.
The survey can be accessed at:
The closing date for submissions is Monday 5th November 2018. If you have any questions, or require further information please contact Zara Todd at

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:

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