Scottish Government

The responsibilities of the Scottish Government include health, education, justice, rural affairs, housing and the environment.


Activity agreements

Information on plans to help young people prepare for employment, training, education and/or volunteering called 'Activity Agreements'.

Add decking to your house

Information on whether you need planning permission to add decking or a platform to the outside of your home.

Adopting a child from abroad

Information on adopting a child from abroad (intercountry adoption) including how to adopt and where you can get support.

Advertisement appeals

How to appeal if your local planning authority asks you to remove an advertisement from your building.

After a crime: your rights

Your rights as a victim or witness of crime – includes information on the Victims' Code for Scotland and the Standards of Service for victims and witnesses.

After university: your options

Your options when you finish university including further study like postgraduate courses, starting a business or finding a graduate scheme or job.

Amenity notice appeals

Information on how to appeal to your local planning authority if you're ordered to tidy land you own.

Arranging a funeral

How to organise a funeral, including funeral directors, burials, cremations and funeral costs.

Benefit fraud

Includes what happens if you're suspected of benefit fraud and what benefits can be stopped.

Bereavement benefits and help with money

How the death of your husband, wife, civil partner or child affects your benefits, tax and pension. Includes Bereavement Payment, Bereavement Allowance and other benefits.

Building regulations

Information on what the building regulations are and how to follow them when doing building or conversion work.

Building your own home

A guide to the whole process of building your home, from design and land purchase to builder hire, the build process itself and reclaiming VAT.

Business rates appeals

Business rates appeals process in Scotland including how to appeal, employing a rating agent and guidance on the Valuation Appeal Committee.

Business rates guidance

Business (non-domestic) rates in Scotland, including calculating your rates bill, how to qualify for relief (discount) schemes and appeals.

Business rates relief

Find out about the business rates reliefs (discounts) available in Scotland, including the Small Business Bonus Scheme, and how to apply.

Child Benefit

Find out about eligibility, claiming and when Child Benefit stops.

Children's Hearings

Legal tribunals that help young people with problems, such as they're not looked after properly or are in trouble with the police or their school.

Community sentences

What happens if you're given a community sentence or community service. Find out about Community Payback and the rules of your community sentence.

Company Voluntary Arrangements

This is an alternative to liquidation. You reschedule payment to creditors over a fixed period using a Company Voluntary Arrangement to recover from insolvency.

Complain about the police

How to complain about the police using their procedure or by contacting the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner.

Consumer rights

How to get a refund, repair or replacement when something you buy from a shop is faulty.

Contact the police

Contact the police by calling 999 to report emergencies or by calling 101 for non-emergencies.


Information on the types of ideas that can be protected using copyright.

Council tax

Find out about registering for council tax, ways to pay, exemptions and tax bands in Scotland.

Describing your idea

Information on how to describe your idea to potential customers, funders or business advisors.

Design rights

Information on the types of ideas that can be protected by design rights and how to get them.

Emergency kits

Packing an emergency kit will help you be prepared for any severe weather emergency

Employee pay

Information on your obligations when paying employees, including National Minimum Wage and sick pay.

Employee training

Information on the options and schemes available for training your employees.

Environmental appeals

Find out how to make an appeal against a decision made by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) or Scottish Water.

Extra help to be a witness

Includes where to get support and advice if you're worried about giving evidence, and information about special measures for vulnerable witnesses.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Female Genital Mutilation, known as FGM, is an illegal procedure where the external female genitalia are deliberately cut, injured or changed.

Find a job

Search for and apply for full or part-time jobs in Scotland, Great Britain and abroad.

Find business events

Find and register for business events, workshops, seminars and conferences in Scotland.

Flooding support

Information on what to do during a flood, preparing for a flood and what to do after a flood.

Football Banning Orders

A court can ban you from attending all football matches in Scotland, the rest of the UK and abroad for up to 10 years.

Forced marriage

What to do if you're trying to stop a forced marriage in Scotland or overseas, or if you need help leaving a marriage you've been forced into.

Get exporting help and support

Find the organisations and websites you need to support your exporting journey, from starting out to growing your export business.

Get the right business insurance

You'll need to ensure your business premises, and if you employ people, you are legally obliged to have employers' liability insurance.

Giving evidence at court

What happens when you give evidence at court, including using special measures for vulnerable witnesses.

Growing your business

Find out about growing your business - planning, deciding whether to grow, and the challenges of growing.

Gypsy Travellers

Advice for gypsy travellers on access to services, eviction rights and discrimination.

Hate crime: support

Crimes committed against someone because of their disability, gender-identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

Help after a break-up

Information and support if you're divorcing or separating from your husband, wife or partner.

Help paying for childcare

Help you can get with paying for registered childcare. Includes funded early learning and childcare and Tax-Free Childcare.

Help with a legal problem

Who can help you if you need advice about a legal problem, such as debt, housing, benefits, employment, divorce or claims for money.

Help with a relationship problem

If you and your partner are having problems and you need extra support to sort things out, relationship counselling or mediation could help you.

Help with money

You can get help with money or debt whenever something changes that means you find yourself worse off.

High hedge appeals

Appeal against a high hedges decision – includes deadlines, how to appeal and how long it takes to get a decision.

Hiring a builder

How to hire a contractor for a self-build, or how to build it yourself.

Instead of going to court

If you have a dispute with someone or an organisation, there may be ways to deal with it without going to court.

Keeping your child safe

Information on leaving your child on their own, safety at home, car safety and internet safety for children.

Leaving school: your options

Choices when you leave school including university, college, jobs, modern apprenticeships, starting a business, armed forces, jobs and gap years.

Legal aid

Help with the costs of legal advice and representation in court if you can’t afford it.

Licensing your idea

Information on using licensing to make money from your idea for a product, service or business.

Make a separation agreement

Making an agreement with your ex-partner about arrangements for your children, money and property if you're divorcing or separating.

Microchip your dog

Information about microchipping your dog in Scotland, including how much it costs and where to get it done.

Organ donation

How to register as an organ donor and join the NHS Organ Donor Register.

Parental responsibilities and rights

Find out about what the law says about your responsibilities and rights whether you're a mother, father, married, living together or in a civil partnership.

Parking tickets

Pay or challenge a parking ticket given to you by the police or a traffic warden, a local council or on private land.


Information on the types of ideas that can be protected by patents and how to get one.

Pay a court fine

Includes how to pay a court fine, what could happen if you don't pay a fine and what to do if you can't pay it.

Planning your own funeral

How to plan your own funeral, including your funeral wishes, funeral payment plans and where to keep the information.

Prior approval appeals

How to appeal to your local planning authority if it refuses prior approval needed for some development work.

Property factors

Information on hiring a property factor (also known as a property manager) to take care of maintenance in a block of flats.

Protecting your money online

Information about banking online, with your mobile and contactless, donating money to charity online and online transactions.

Public libraries

Library services in Scotland, including find your local library and online resources.

Register a death

Find out how to register a death in Scotland, elsewhere in the UK or abroad.

Report child abuse

What to do if you're worried that a child is being neglected or threatened – call 999 if it's an emergency or they’re in immediate danger


You may be able to postpone or stop your home from being repossessed.

Resolve a dispute with your neighbour

Information on how to resolve a dispute with your neighbour including noisy neighbours, nuisance neighbours, barking dogs and a boundary dispute like high hedges.

Right to buy

Find out about the expired scheme which let people buy the home they were renting from a council or housing association.

Scaffolding rules

The rules for putting up scaffolding on your property - licence, checks, safety, builder, scaffold companies

School meals

Information about who can claim free school meals and how you claim them.

Scotland's baby boxes

All newborn babies due on or after 15 August 2017 will get a free baby box from the Scottish Government.

Shared Ownership

How to share the cost of a new home with a housing association if you can't afford to buy it outright.

Starting a business from your home

Information on starting a business from your home including setting up a home office, planning permission, title deeds, health and safety, trading standards and waste management.

Staying safe in winter weather

Information on keeping safe during winter weather including staying safe when travelling, grit bins, loss of utilities, frozen or burst pipes and snow and flooding.

Staying safe online

Information about staying safe online, including: social media, apps, online fraud, cyber bullying, deleting your browser history and reporting online crime to the police.

Student accommodation

Find somewhere to live at college or university, including student accommodation or private renting.

Student bank accounts

How to get a student bank account including UCAS confirmation letter and when you can open one.

Student discounts

Student discounts available including student travel card, NUS extra card and ISIC Card.

Support at university

How to get support when you're studying including extra financial support, support for parents, help with your studies and health and wellbeing support.

Trade marks

Information on the types of ideas that can be protected by trade marks.

Tree works consent appeals

How to appeal if your local planning authority refuses your application to cut down or carry out work on a protected tree.

Types of court case

Information for witnesses on the different types of court case you may be asked to give evidence at.

Understanding civil justice

Issues like debt, housing disputes, bankruptcy, divorce, and parental rights are dealt with in the civil justice system.

University costs

Find out about the costs of university and how to get help with paying these costs.

Why report a crime?

Find out about your rights and the support that's available if you decide to report a crime.

Writing a business plan

Information on what to include when writing a business plan if you're looking to raise funding or develop an idea.

Youth crime: support

How to report a crime committed by a person under the age of 16, and what support is available.