Date lodged: 2 May 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions and preparatory work it has conducted with advocacy providers in advance of the publication of the advocacy service for the Scottish social security system prior information notice (PIN) to aid their ability to respond to the PIN.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 10 May 2019
The Prior Information Notice (PIN) published on 3 April alerted interested parties to the Scottish Government's intention to establish an Advocacy Service for the Scottish Social Security system. Alongside the PIN, the Scottish Government published a "Request For Information" (RFI). The RFI sought information from the advocacy sector around contract options, capacity and outcomes to enable the SG to develop a suitable procurement strategy. Services were able to ask for further information and seek clarity while the RFI was open.
Officials have also been working with advocacy and other third sector organisations around the development of the advocacy service standards required by the Act. At meetings with these organisations, officials outlined the procurement options being considered.