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Scottish Government consultation on restricting junk food promotions

The Scottish Government is consulting with the public, and food and retail industries on restricting the in-store marketing and promotion of foods high in fat, sugar or salt, with little or no nutritional benefit. The consultation is part of the Diet and Healthy Weight Delivery Plan, and will inform assessments of impact and possible legislation.  …

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A Healthier Future: Scotland’s Diet & Healthy Weight Delivery Plan

The delivery plan has now been launched and can be downloaded from the Scottish Government website.    

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New public health priorities for Scotland

A number of community food initiatives contributed to discussions around new public health priorities and these can now be downloaded from the Scottish Government website.    

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Scottish Government publication: independent analysis of responses to the consultation on a draft diet and healthy weight strategy

The Scottish Government has recently published an independent analysis of responses to the consultation on a draft diet and healthy weight strategy, held between October 2017 and January 2018. Over 360 academics, health professionals, members of the general public, organisations (including health and third sector organisations), local authorities and members of the food and drinks …

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New lobbying regulations and community organisations

The Lobbying (Scotland) Act was recently signed into law, bringing with it new requirements for community organisations who discuss their work with MSPs, Scottish Government ministers, Special Advisers and the Permanent Secretary. If as an employee of your organisation you discuss government policy or decision making with certain people then you might need to register …

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Scottish Government Consultation – Guidance – Part 9 – Allotments – Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

The Scottish Government “Consultation on Guidance for Local Authorities, Part 9 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015” is now live: https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/food-and-drink/allotments-part-9-community-empowerment-act/start_preview?token=1415e9ba170a9a4a8b2090b0ba17debd01ead690 Written and online responses are invited by 17 November 2017 and answers will be accepted either on a completed form or on a separate piece of paper. The consultation can be downloaded here: https://beta.gov.scot/publications/consultation-guidance-local-authorities-part-9-community-empowerment-scotland-act/ …

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Launch of revised National Standards for Community Engagement

The new revised National Standards for Community Engagement were launched on Thursday 29th September 2016 by the Minister for Housing and Local Government, Kevin Stewart MSP, in Kelty Community Centre in Fife. The Minister said that communities across Scotland are becoming involved in every aspect of decision making and that engaging with communities leads to …

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SCDC briefing on Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act

SCDC has written a briefing explaining the provisions of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act and setting out some of the implications and opportunities they have for community development, community organisations and community planning. It is primarily aimed at those involved in community development, whether as community organisations, practitioners or public agencies.  SCDC will publish further …

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Community Empowerment Bill

The final version of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill is now available to download from the Scottish Parliament website.  

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Public Health Review Engagement Events

The Scottish Government is undertaking a Public Health Review of ‘public health systems and the delivery of all public health functions in Scotland with a strong focus on how public health on how public health contributes to improving health and wellbeing across the life-course, and reducing health inequalities for the future.’ The Review Group, chaired …

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