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Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility (MACR): Workforce Survey for completion

The Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ) is conducting a scoping study on behalf of the Scottish Government in relation to the introduction of the Bill to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility in Scotland. The purpose of this study is to document a baseline of the level of awareness, knowledge, skills and resources that already exists in the workforce and to identify any barriers, opportunities, training needs and other issues across the workforce in relation to the implementation of this legislation. The survey is anonymous and the information gathered will be used in a report to be shared with the Scottish Government to help inform their plan of action for raising the minimum age of criminal responsibility. 

Who should complete the survey? Any professional who works with, or comes in to contact with, children aged 8 to 11.  For example: teachers, police officers, children’s panel members, lawyers, youth workers, child protection social workers, children and families social workers, youth justice social workers, third sector agencies etc. 
If you have any questions about this survey please contact Nina Vaswani, Research Fellow on or 0141 444 8622.  Answering the survey indicates your consent for us to use the information you provide in the report.  Click here to start the MACR Survey: 

A96 travel study

This study is currently underway looking into ways to encourage more sustainable transport choices along the A96 corridor. The study is being conducted by AECOM, who have been commissioned by Aberdeen City Council to carry this out under the CIVITAS PORTIS programme. Aberdeenshire Council and NESTRANS form part of the steering group for the study. The CIVITAS PORTIS programme seeks to address the unique transport challenges of a set of port-based cities across Europe. This study will focus on the broad A96 Corridor between Aberdeen City Centre and Inverurie, taking into account:

  • The A96 road corridor (and associated connections), focusing in particular on Craibstone Park and Ride and bus services, cycling infrastructure and associated footways / pedestrian infrastructure such as crossings.
  • The rail line via Dyce and Inverurie and associated rail services and stations.

The aim of the study is to look at ways to encourage more sustainable travel choices – by this we mean bus, rail, car sharing, travelling by low emission vehicles (such as electric vehicles), cycling and walking. We’re particularly interested in regular, everyday journeys such as commuting.  An online Placecheck tool is open for comments until the end of December 2017. Anyone can add comments – things they like about the corridor, things they don’t like and crucially, things they would like to see improved to help them make more sustainable travel choices.  Therefore, if you have any feedback, especially feedback specifically related to a particular location, please visit the site and submit your comments:

Fuel Poverty Strategy Consultation 

This consultation seeks views on proposals to tackle and diminish fuel poverty in Scotland. The consultation document seeks views on an approach that brings together actions from across government, and across society, to create a comprehensive strategy to deliver reductions in fuel poverty. The consultation also seeks views on how progress should be monitored and how our aim to tackle fuel poverty effectively is translated into an appropriate statutory framework. The Fuel Poverty Strategy will feed into the development of a new Warm Homes Bill which we plan to introduce in 2018. The deadline for responses is 1st February 2018. See consultation here:

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:

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:

If you would like any further information about this please contact:

Help us reach 16-24 year-olds in rural Scotland
Scottish Rural Action is doing a youth transport survey to find out how the cost of travel affects young Scots in their work, studies and personal lives.  Travel affects young people very differently in rural areas where public transport is often irregular, unreliable and expensive, compared to in urban areas where young people can often choose between different forms of public transport for the same journey. Please take the survey to help find out if these impacts are felt equally across Scotland's rural areas, or if there are particular issues in different regions.

Formartine/ Buchan Way E-bike Survey
If you could affordably hire an electric bike or an adapted bike, would this make cycling more accessible and enjoyable for you or a member of your family? An electric bike provides a boost of power as you are pedalling.  An adapted bike may be hand powered or a trike or a tandem for example. These adapted bikes make cycling accessible for people with, for example, visual impairments, difficulties balancing or other disabilities. Making these bikes publicly available would require a considerable investment to buy, maintain and operate and so Aberdeenshire Council and its partners wish to gauge public interest before pursuing a funding bid.  If you think you may be interested in hiring electric bikes or adapted bikes to make cycling a more accessible activity for you, or a member of your family,  then fill in the survey here:

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.

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