The responsibilities of the Scottish Government include health, education, justice, rural affairs, housing and the environment.
If you want to apply for a benefit on behalf of someone else, find out how.
Find out if you need to apply for planning permission to build an access ramp to your door.
Find out whether your planned extension needs planning permission.
Information on whether you'll need planning permission to build a porch.
Information on whether you need planning permission to add decking or a platform to the outside of your home.
Information on adopting a child from abroad (intercountry adoption) including how to adopt and where you can get support.
Information about adopting a child from fostering.
Information about adopting a child in Scotland including who can adopt, how to adopt and adoption leave and pay.
How to appeal if your local planning authority asks you to remove an advertisement from your building.
If you need help expressing your views when attending health appointments, you can get an independent advocate.
What happens after a verdict at court, including information on sentencing, appeals and the Victim Notification Scheme.
How long it takes to process your form, whether you can track it, how you'll be paid and when.
Information on how the UK's possible exit from the European Union (Brexit) may affect farming in Scotland.
Information on how to appeal to your local planning authority if you're ordered to tidy land you own.
Find out how to go to a Tribunal to appeal against a benefit decision.
You have the right to ask for an 'interested person review' if you have questions or concerns about a family member's cause of death.
You need an exhumation licence if you are removing human remains from the ground.
How to apply for an explosives certificate or licence from Police Scotland.
How to apply for a pedlar’s certificate from Police Scotland.
Apply for a snare identification number from Police Scotland.
Apply for financial support to study at school or college if you're aged 16 to 19 and from a low income household.
How to apply online for tuition fees, student loans, bursaries, grants and allowances in Scotland.
Information about how to apply for university including when to apply to university.
How to apply for confirmation when someone dies.
Information on Approved Certifiers for Design and Construction.
Information about armed forces pensions and compensation from injury during service.
How to organise a funeral, including funeral directors, burials, cremations and funeral costs.
Information for parents about arranging for someone you know to look after your child – known as private fostering.
Information on how to get your landlord to carry out repairs if you're renting in Scotland.
Information about refugees and asylum in Scotland.
See if you need planning permission to add something to the wall outside your flat.
See which additions to the external surface of your home need planning permission.
Information for landlords on checks you can make on new tenants renting your property. Includes proof of identification checks, credit checks, references and guarantors.
Get support if you're new to your caring role.
Information on becoming a foster parent.
Includes powers of arrest, rights in custody, legal advice at the police station, young people and vulnerable adults.
What happens if the police charge you with a crime. Includes being released on an undertaking or kept in police custody until your first court hearing.
What happens when a young person is referred to the Children's Reporter.
Includes reporting benefit fraud, what happens if you're suspected of benefit fraud and what benefits can be stopped.
Find information on how to repay any benefits you've been overpaid, including what to do if you cannot afford to pay it back or if you disagree with the decision.
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.
Apply online for Best Start Grant or find out more about who can apply.
Check to see if you need planning permission to build or improve a structure around your flat.
Find out if you need planning permission to build a boundary around your home
Information on the permitted development rules for an ancillary building.
How to appeal if Historic Environment Scotland makes a change to its list of buildings of historical interest.
Information on planning permission for adding installations such as swimming pools or free-standing solar panels.
Information on what the building regulations are and how to follow them when doing building or conversion work.
Information on the Building Scotland Fund including what you can use it for and how to apply.
Find out what you need to do to meet Building Standards in Scotland.
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.
Information on a range of business incubator and accelerator programmes being run throughout Scotland.
Business rates appeals process in Scotland including how to appeal, employing a rating agent and guidance on the Valuation Appeal Committee.
This tool lets you work out your business rates bill based on the information you give.
Business (non-domestic) rates in Scotland, including calculating your rates bill, how to qualify for relief (discount) schemes and appeals.
Find out about the business rates reliefs (discounts) available in Scotland, including the Small Business Bonus Scheme, and how to apply.
The full legal process involved in buying a house or flat.
Technology that helps you live safely and independently in your own home.
Get help finding a place in a care home.
Find information on Carer's Allowance Supplement, including what it is, who can get it and how it's paid.
Get help at home from your local council or from private home care.
Information on dealing with tenant requests for repairs, as well as the Repairing Standard and Tolerable Standard.
Information on what a certificate of appropriate alternative development is and how to appeal if you get one.
How to appeal if your local planning authority doesn't send you a certificate of lawful use or development.
Information on how to change your name or change your child's name on the public register.
Find out about the changes to water and sewerage charges for businesses.
Support and advice for survivors of childhood and historical abuse.
What to do if you need to get child maintenance and one of you lives outside Scotland.
If you need to go to court and you’re not sure what will happen, you can get support to help you feel ok about talking at court.
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.
Information for employers of Children’s Panel volunteers, includes time off they might need from work.
Find out how to find a school for your child.
A guide to the different types of home you may wish to consider when building your own property.
Information on how the UK's possible exit from the European Union (Brexit) may affect civil rights in Scotland.
Apply for compensation if you or someone you know has been hurt in a violent crime, a crime abroad or a terrorist attack.
You could get Housing Benefit to help pay your rent if you’re on a low income.
Information on commodity codes, duty and VAT rates for exporting and declaring goods to customs.
Information on agreeing a method for a landlord and tenant to contact each other during a private residential tenancy.
How to complain about your early learning and childcare provider.
How to complain to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) if you’re unhappy with their service.
How to complain about the police using their procedure or by contacting the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner.
How to make a complaint about an article in the press, or a TV or radio programme.
How to complain to the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) if you’re unhappy with their service.
How to complain to the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service if you’re unhappy with their service.
Find out how to make complaints and feedback about care services.
How to arrange to have water, electricity and gas supplied to your new home.
How to get a refund, repair or replacement when something you buy from a shop is faulty.
How to contact Social Security Scotland, give feedback or make a complaint.
How to get contact with your grandchildren if their parents divorce or separate and won't let you see them.
Information on the types of ideas that can be protected using copyright.
Find out about registering for council tax, ways to pay, exemptions and tax bands in Scotland.
Information on how to reduce the environmental impact of your organisation's business travel.
Find out what support is available if you're affected by crime in another country.
Data protection rules for businesses in recruiting staff, keeping staff records, using CCTV, information and data security.
How to apply for the Dental Student Support Grant.
Information on how to describe your idea to potential customers, funders or business advisors.
How to design your own home with the help of an architect.
Information on the types of ideas that can be protected by design rights and how to get them.
Information about dog microchipping for businesses, such as dog breeders, dog dealers, dog importers, microchip implanters, vets and database operators.
Get help if you're experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse.
Find out how to donate your body to a university after you die.
Scotland's drink-drive limit, the law, getting home safely, and alternative alcohol-free nights out.
Information on how the UK's possible exit from the European Union (Brexit) may affect education in Scotland.
You can get funding for qualifications if you've been in the armed forces and are looking for another job.
Information on the different elections you can vote in and referendums in Scotland.
Find out your options if you’re homeless and don’t have anywhere to stay tonight.
Information on legally ending a tenancy on a property you're renting out.
Information on how to get an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for a building in Scotland.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) for business properties - getting and displaying a certificate, exemptions, fines and penalties.
Information on how the UK's possible exit from the European Union (Brexit) may affect environmental policies in Scotland.
Find out how to make an appeal against a decision made by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) or Scottish Water.
Find out about Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) in your area.
Information on how the UK's possible exit from the European Union (Brexit) may affect EU citizens living in Scotland.
Information and guidance on what the UK’s possible exit from the European Union (Brexit) will mean for you.
Information on the UK Government's guarantee of certain EU funding in the event of a 'no deal' EU exit (Brexit).
Information on what you'll need to do to export goods from the UK.
Information on export licences and special rules for exporting certain goods, including dangerous goods.
Support for families and friends who've been bereaved as a result of a murder or culpable homicide.
Information on how the UK's possible exit from the European Union (Brexit) may affect family, civil and commercial disputes involving EU countries in Scotland.
Farm subsidies can be claimed by everyone who is eligible.
Female Genital Mutilation, known as FGM, is an illegal procedure where the external female genitalia are deliberately cut, injured or changed.
Information on how the UK's possible exit from the European Union (Brexit) may affect financal services in Scotland.
Search for and apply for full or part-time jobs in Scotland, Great Britain and abroad.
Information for parents on how to find a nursery or childcare place for your child.
Find and register for business events, workshops, seminars and conferences in Scotland.
Support for veterans who are looking for a job or to improve their skills.
How to find and buy a plot of land you can build a property on.
How to find a will if someone dies.
Check to see how clean the air is in your area.
Find contact details and opening times for your local Children’s Reporter office.
Find contact details and opening times for your local procurator fiscal office.
Information on how the UK's possible exit from the European Union (Brexit) may affect fisheries in Scotland.
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.
Information on how the UK's possible exit from the European Union (Brexit) may affect forestry in Scotland and the importing or exporting of wood.
Find out if your child can get free school transport from your local council.
Find out about the differences in furnished, unfurnished and part-furnished homes.
From Summer 2019 you'll be able to apply for the Early Learning Payment, School Age Payment and Best Start Food.
Ask your local police to give you a copy of the information they hold about you.
Get a declaration of presumed death if a person has been missing for at least 7 years or you think they've died.
Find out how to get a loan to help build your own home.
Find out how to borrow a manual or powered wheelchair or a powered scooter through the Shopmobility scheme.
You can get help if you need to work out how to apply or you want help filling in a form.
Information on services offered by Fair Start Scotland. Fair Start Scotland is a a new employment support service which helps people who want to work but have struggled to find a job.
Find out how energy assistance can help you keep a warm and comfortable home.
If you're pregnant you can get help with money, such as paid leave from work you can share with your partner and cash payments, like Best Start Grant.
Find emotional support and practical information if you have been the victim of crime.
Find out how to apply for a building warrant.
How to get a special mortgage for building your own home.
Information about getting free vitamins when you're pregnant.
Information on Scottish Government schemes to help you buy a new home.
If you want to carry out building work you may need planning permission.
Information on organisations who can help in the event of an emergency or major disruption.
Information on how to appeal a good neighbour agreement decision in Scotland.
Find out about growing your business - planning, deciding whether to grow, and the challenges of growing.
Help if you're asked to be a guarantor, or want to know more about what guarantors need to do.
Advice for Gypsy Travellers on access to services, eviction rights and discrimination.
Crimes committed against someone because of their disability, gender-identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.
Information on becoming a surrogate mother and your rights.
Information about having a child through a surrogate mother.
Find out about appealing a planning authority's decision about hazardous substances consents.
Find out about appealing a planning authority's decision about hazardous substances contravention notices.
Information on how the UK's possible exit from the European Union (Brexit) may affect health care and social care in Scotland.
What you need to do and what help you can get after the death of your husband, wife or partner.
If you cannot afford to pay your mortgage, find information to help you stay in your home.
Getting help if your child is taken abroad without your consent.
Visit GOV.UK to find out what the Foreign and Commonwealth Office can do to help British nationals who are arrested abroad.
Help you can get with paying for registered childcare. Includes funded early learning and childcare and Tax-Free Childcare.
Information on how to get financial help from the Scottish Government when buying a new build home.
Who can help you if you need advice about a legal problem, such as debt, housing, benefits, employment, divorce or claims for money.
Includes benefits calculators and finding local organisations that can help you with benefits and welfare rights.
Can help you cope with costs if you have a crisis or need some help living in your community.
Apply for, renew or update a UK passport, use the Check and Send service, find a passport interview office.
Information about how to apply for financial help for school clothing and shoes via the school clothing grant.
Appeal against a high hedges decision – includes deadlines, how to appeal and how long it takes to get a decision.
How to hire a contractor for a self-build, or how to build it yourself.
Information on employing a letting agent to help you rent out your home.
If you're at risk of having your home repossessed, the Home Owners' Support Fund may be able to help you.
Find out about Care and Repair services in Scotland.
Information on how the UK's possible exit from the European Union (Brexit) may affect housing policy in Scotland.
If you feel your human rights have been abused, there are many ways you can report it.
Information about what happens when a death is reported to the procurator fiscal, including post mortems and fatal accident inquiries.
What happens if a child or young person gets in trouble with the police – includes the age of criminal responsibility and Children's Hearings.
How to deal with rent arrears if you live in private, council or social housing.
What to do if you've been denied a benefit or payment you think you should get.
Information on the eviction process and what to do if your council or social landlord wants to evict you.
Find out where to get homelessness help and advice.
Information about how and when rent can be increased, and what you can do if you disagree with it.
Guidance on adopting an EMS to help improve the environmental performance of your business.
Find out about Income Tax rates and Personal Allowances, including the Scottish rate of Income Tax.
Find out what intellectual property is and how to protect it in the UK and abroad.
Information on how the UK's possible exit from the European Union (Brexit) may affect justice in Scotland.
Information on leaving your child on their own, safety at home, car safety and internet safety for children.
Police Scotland give information on how to keep your home and personal property safe.
Find out if you need planning permission to lay a hard surface like paving around your home.
Choices when you leave school including university, college, jobs, modern apprenticeships, starting a business, armed forces, jobs and gap years.
You may need help with setting up a power of attorney or making a will.
Help with the costs of legal advice and representation in court if you can’t afford it.
Find out how to register as a letting agent, including information on the Code of Practice.
Keep up to date with the letting agent registration requirements.
Information on the Letting Agent Code of Practice and how to complain about your letting agent.
Information on the Letting Agent Code of Practice and how to complain about your letting agent.
Find out how to license a firearm.
Anyone who owns or uses an airgun needs to have a licence.
Information on using licensing to make money from your idea for a product, service or business.
Information on how to appeal a planning authority's decision on works on a listed building or conservation area in Scotland.
Find practical support, advice and information for carers.
Information on how to apply for housing benefit if you're renting privately.
How to carry out repairs and maintenance in the shared areas of a block of flats.
How to take legal action if someone owes you money, how much it will cost and what happens after you make a claim through the courts.
A guide to making practical arrangements for your children if you live apart or are separating.
Make a written statement that tells a court how a crime affected you.
Information on carrying out fire safety inspections and repairs on your home.
Information on judging whether an idea is worth developing, including judging costs, customers and competitors.
Information about microchipping your dog in Scotland, including how much it costs and where to get it done.
Information on the new minimum 50p per unit price for alcohol in Scotland, coming on 1 May.
You can apply for compensation if you’ve been wrongfully convicted of or charged with a crime.
How to apply for compensation for a miscarriage of justice. Includes the Statutory Scheme and the Ex Gratia Scheme.
Information for mobile home owners about the new site licensing system.
Information for mobile home site owners about the new site licensing system.
How to appeal if Historic Environment Scotland makes a change to its list of monuments of national importance.
The Neonatal Expenses Fund helps with the cost of travel and food for parents of premature and sick newborn babies in neonatal care.
How to get help to buy a newly built home by sharing the cost with the Scottish Government
Information on protecting your idea using non-disclosure agreements.
How to deal with unwanted and unsolicited phone calls.
Donate your money, time or skills to help refugees.
How to get help to buy a home on the open market by sharing the cost with the Scottish Government
Information on organisations who can help you develop your idea.
Information on government organisations that can help businesses in Scotland.
Find out about bona vacantia, ultimus haeres and treasure trove.
Information on the types of ideas that can be protected by patents and how to get one.
Personal and nursing care may be an option if you need support to live comfortably and safely at home.
Information on pitching your ideas for businesses, products or services.
How to appeal if your local planning authority serves an enforcement notice.
Information on planning obligations and how to appeal one.
Information on how to appeal if your local planning authority refuses to give you planning permission.
How to plan your own funeral, including your funeral wishes, funeral payment plans and where to keep the information.
The police or procurator fiscal can give you a warning, penalty notice or another alternative to prosecution (direct measure) if you're accused of a crime.
Information about what happens if you're stopped and searched by police, and what your rights are.
How to appeal to your local planning authority if it refuses prior approval needed for some development work.
Information on your rights under the Data Protection Act 2018 and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Information on hiring a property factor (also known as a property manager) to take care of maintenance in a block of flats.
Find out about public and bank holidays in Scotland – including past and future bank holidays.
Library services in Scotland, including find your local library and online resources.
Find out about public water and sewerage services.
If you've been raped or sexually assaulted, the police and support organisations are there to help.
How to claim back VAT on building materials used to build your own home.
Find out who needs to register a birth and how and where to do it.
Find out how to register a death in Scotland, elsewhere in the UK or abroad.
You must register your agricultural land if you want to claim rural funding from the Scottish Government.
Find out how to register as a property factor.
Find out how to register to vote.
Information on how to move in and move out of a home if you're renting privately.
A guide to renting out a property if you're a landlord.
Information on how to pay back your student loan and what you'll pay back.
In an emergency call 999, to report a crime call 101.
Report a suspected problem with a medicine or medical device to NHS National Services Scotland.
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.
Find out how to report antisocial behaviour like noisy neighbours, litter and vandalism.
You may be able to postpone or stop your home from being repossessed.
Information on market research and thinking about the customers and competitors for your idea.
Information on how to resolve a dispute with your neighbour including noisy neighbours, nuisance neighbours, barking dogs and a boundary dispute like high hedges.
Information on how to resolve a housing dispute when you're a private tenant or a private landlord.
Information on what you need to turn your idea into a business.
What happens if someone makes a money claim against you, saying you owe them money, and how you can respond or defend yourself.
How to appeal a prohibition or suspension order on the mining of minerals or deposit of mineral waste on a site.
Find out about claiming compensation if you've been bereaved or injured in a road crash.
Information and advice for people bereaved or seriously injured in a road crash.
Find out whether you need planning permission to add a dormer to your roof and gain extra space.
Information about the Rural and Islands Housing Funds including who can apply and how to apply.
Information about farming and agriculture in Scotland, including funding and inspections.
The rules for putting up scaffolding on your property - licence, checks, safety, builder, scaffold companies
How to appeal if Historic Environment Scotland refuses to let you carry out work on a scheduled monument.
How to appeal if Historic Environment Scotland serves you a notice for carrying out work on a scheduled monument.
School closure information can be found on your local council's website.
Information about who can claim free school meals and how you claim them.
All newborn babies due on or after 15 August 2017 will get a free baby box from the Scottish Government.
Gives money for projects to improve agriculture, the environment and rural life.
How to search for the progress of an ongoing planning appeal or find a previous planning appeal decision.
Search for business funding, including grant and loan options available in Scotland.
How to get planning permission and a building warrant for a self-build project.
How to get site insurance and a structural warranty while building a home.
The full legal process involved in selling your house or flat.
Start a business to help people or communities.
Guardianship allows someone to make decisions on behalf of an adult with incapacity.
A legal document which allows you to plan for the future, drawn up when you have the capacity to do so.
What you need to do to set up a business - registration, licenses, banking, NI and VAT, employing people.
Setting up an LLP so you can run a business with 2 or more members - registration, LLP agreement, members and their responsibilities.
Explains your responsibilities, including choosing a name, having a registered address, appointing partners and registering with Companies House.
Register as a sole trader and find out your legal responsibilities if you run a business as a self-employed sole trader.
Information on getting help to buy your home if you're aged 60 or over.
How to share the cost of a new home with a housing association if you can't afford to buy it outright.
Find more information on the Scottish Business Pledge - a voluntary commitment Scottish businesses can make.
Scottish government loans of up to £100,000 for resource-efficient projects.
Information on how the UK's possible exit from the European Union (Brexit) may affect sports organisations in Scotland.
Find out how to report stalking and what support is available to you.
For people thinking about starting a business or becoming self-employed.
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.
Information on keeping safe during winter weather. Includes travelling, grit bins, loss of utilities, frozen or burst pipes and snow and flooding.
Information about staying safe online, including: social media, apps, online fraud, cyber bullying, deleting your browser history and reporting online crime to the police.
Help and support during storms and strong winds. Includes information on flooding, lightning, loss of utilities and insurance.
Find somewhere to live at college or university, including student accommodation or private renting.
Financial support to help with costs at university, including bursaries, grants, scholarships and loans.
Your student finance if you change course, go from full-time student to part-time or leave your course.
How to get support when you're studying including extra financial support, support for parents, help with your studies and health and wellbeing support.
Get support and advice if you know someone in prison.
Information on how the UK's possible exit from the European Union (Brexit) may affect taxation in Scotland.
Get support if you want to teach your child at home.
How to create a tenancy agreement for a private residential tenancy.
Information about the tenancy agreement requirements for a private residential tenancy.
Information on registering a tenant's deposit with a scheme and resolving disputes.
How to report suspected terrorism and information about planning for national emergencies.
Information on the types of ideas that can be protected by trade marks.
Improve your caring skills or get training for your career outside your caring role.
Information on how the UK's possible exit from the European Union (Brexit) may affect transport in Scotland.
Information on what a tree replacement notice is and how to appeal if you get one.
How to appeal if your local planning authority refuses your application to cut down or carry out work on a protected tree.
Find out about tuition fees for university, including eligibility and how to apply.
Information on assured tenancies, short assured tenancies and private residential tenancies.
Health benefits and support available to veterans of the armed forces.
Information for veterans on buying or renting property and homelessness.
Local council and health board contacts for veterans.
Support services for veterans and their families.
Organisations and charities that help veterans transition to civilian life.
What to do and how to get support if you’re being harassed because you’ve reported a crime.
Transcript of a video covering what help and support you can get when you're a witness at a criminal court case.
Transcript of a video covering 'What sort of information can I give' when making a victim statement.
Information on how the UK's possible exit from the European Union (Brexit) may affect tourists from EU countries planning to visit Scotland.
Apply to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons in Scotland (HMIPS) to volunteer to be an independent prison monitor.
How to get help with the cost of your water bill if you run a charity or Community Amateur Sports Club.
As a business, you'll have to pay for any water, sewerage and drainage if you are connected to the public networks.
Changes to water, sewerage and drainage charges for vacant non-domestic properties
A water minimisation programme can help your business save on the costs for water supply, treatment and disposal.
Information on how the UK's possible exit from the European Union (Brexit) may affect benefits and pensions in Scotland.
Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in the world simply because they are human.
The steps you must take when someone dies – register a death, the procurator fiscal, funerals and bereavement support.
Find out if you need a licence to copy a creative work, find out if a work is covered by copyright or an exception.
Find out whether the building work you want to carry out needs planning permission.
If you're a young carer or a young adult carer, you can get help, advice and support.
Advice and help if you’re a child or young person affected by crime, or their parent or guardian.
Your rights if you're stopped by the police while driving – motoring offences, faults with your vehicle, stolen property.