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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-06294: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what target it has set for the number of organisations that apply for the new model of Scottish National Standards for Information and Advice Providers accreditation in (a) 2016-17 and (b) 2017-18.

Answered by: Annabelle Ewing 3 February 2017

There is no target for accreditation. The new model for accreditation is being tested across a 3-year period from November 2016, and current estimates are that around 150 organisations could go through the process in that period. This would enable all previously accredited organisations to go through the re-accreditation process, and allow for new applications for accreditation to be considered.

However these numbers are dependent on applications for accreditation/re-accreditation being made to the Scottish Government by the advice sector.

SLAB have publicised the availability of Type I audit and also encouraged organisations seeking accreditation at Type II and Type III to prepare for accreditation and to book slots for peer review. This has been done by circulating regular NewZapps directly to a wide range of advice sector contacts and via the networks of the SNSIAP Reference Group, which represents the key stakeholders from the advice sector. The SNSIAP webpage on SLAB’s website also highlights the availability of accreditation and highlights the guidance and tools available to support organisations