The Scottish Government consults and seeks opinions on a range of public policies and proposed legislation. Penumbra welcomes the opportunity to contribute to shaping and implementing new policies and legislation. We do this in a number of ways:

  • We respond to public consultations in relevant policy areas, such as mental health law, social care policy or workforce regulation.
  • We provide evidence to committees of the Scottish Parliament who are scrutinising public policy. Penumbra staff may be called to give evidence to Parliamentary committees, either in writing or in person.
  • When a new piece of legislation is being considered by the Scottish Parliament, Penumbra may be asked to join an associated steering or reference group. Penumbra’s Chief Executive was a member of the steering group for the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013, for example.
  • When a new policy or legislation has been adopted by the Scottish parliament, the Scottish Government will set up project boards, advisory groups and implementation groups. The members of these groups are drawn from a range of relevant interests across Scotland. Penumbra’s Chief Executive has been a member of the ‘delivering for mental health’ implementation board and co-chaired the ‘Changing Lives’ service development group.


Penumbra staff are often involved in local reference and steering groups that contribute to local community planning with NHS and Local Authority colleagues.