Date lodged: 23 June 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether it is carrying out an internal civil service-led review of advice provision and, if so, what the scope and purpose is of the review; who is involved with it, and when the findings will be published.
Answered by: Annabelle Ewing 21 July 2016
Advice services in Scotland are provided mainly by local authorities and the third sector. They are accessed by a cross-section of Scottish society, but are of particular value to the most vulnerable through their work to tackle social inequalities. In many cases, this advice is funded by the Scottish Government.
There is scope to better understand and improve the coordination of Scottish Government funding for advice services to ensure that they continue to meet the needs of Scotland’s communities, that spending aligns as effectively as possible with ministerial priorities and provides maximum value for money for the use of public funds. Scottish Government officials are at the very early stages of this work and will continue to engage with the sector as this project develops.