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Public Information Notices Consultation

DescriptionThis order will enable electronic publication as an alternative to the duty to advertise in printed media for local authorities. Changes are required to a range of legislation to enable electronic publication as an acceptable alternative to the duty to publish public information notices in newspapers.
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Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateDecember 17, 2009

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The respondent form is available in 2 formats from here.

The consultation feedback form is available in 2 formats from here .

The Local Authority Public Information Notices (Electronic Publication) (Scotland) Order 2010

We have just launched an 8 week consultation on the proposed legislative changes to allow electronic publication of public notices by Local Authorities. We are seeking views on the draft Statutory Instrument - The Local Authority Public Information Notices (Electronic Publication) (Scotland) Order 2010. This order will enable electronic publication as an alternative to the duty to advertise in printed media. The result of this will be that local authorities will be released to make informed decisions about providing the most efficient and effective service for their locality whether that be digital or printed media.

Public information notices are announcements that local authorities are legally required to publish. There are two types of PIN:

  • Statutory Notices give required notice of an intended action, such as road closures, construction, licensing and planning/property developments.
  • Public Notices inform people of changes to services, such as refuse collection.

The PINs portal is Scotland's national public information notices (PINs) portal, allowing public notices across Scotland to be published in a single online location for the first time. It is a national initiative endorsed and supported by the Scottish Government. Visitors can click on a virtual map of Scotland to see listings of public notices in any area, satellite imagery of their location and information on the issues involved. The aim is to provide improved accessibility to statutory information, and to help Scotland's 32 councils save money on advertising public notices. The portal will be scalable for use by the wider public sector and is part of a major national shared services collaboration. Its development follows the successful roll-out of myjobscotland, the national shared recruitment portal for Scotland.

The Scottish Government has a duty to provide value for money in public service delivery. Reflecting this, Scottish councils have collectively identified a need to reduce advertising spend on public information notices, and to maintain or improve the current provision of public notice information.

Changes are required to a range of legislation to enable electronic publication as an acceptable alternative to the duty to publish public information notices in newspapers. Subordinate Legislation (The Local Authority Public Information Notices (Electronic Publication) (Scotland) Order 2010) has been drafted by Scottish Government Legal Department through a provision in the Electronic Communications Act 2000.

I would be grateful if you could let me have any comments on the attached order no later than 12 February 2010 to the mailbox below. Please complete the Respondent Information Form to ensure that your response is handled correctly.

The intention is to obtain Scottish Parliament approval as soon as possible thereafter. If you should have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us at sharedservicesteam@scotland.gsi.gov.uk or

Shared Services Team

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Edinburgh

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