Making Advice Work (MAW)


Scottish Legal Aid Board Grant Funding Programme 2013 – 2015


The Scottish Legal Aid Board was asked by the Scottish Government and the Money Advice Service to run a new grant funding programme. The programme focusses on improving access to advice for people in Scotland with a view to promoting achievement of particular priority outcomes and is in addition to our current grant funding programme.
 
The grant funding powers within the Legal Aid (Sc) Act required the Board to prepare plans to be approved by Scottish Ministers for the purpose of giving grants. You can read the plan for this grant funding programme which gives some further details about the funding streams.
 
There are three main funding streams:

The MAW launch press release gives details of the funding split and includes a list of the projects which have finalised their agreements for funding through the programme. This list will be updated as agreements are finalised.

HOW MUCH FUNDING IS THERE?
 
The Board has an approved upper limit of expenditure of £7.45m by way of grants in the period to the end of March 2015 for this new programme. 
  • £5.1 million of funding is being made available the Scottish Government
  • £2.35 million of funding is being made available by the Money Advice Service

On 3rd January 2014, the Scottish Government announced that a further £280,000 is being made available to support a small number of additional shortlisted projects under Stream 3 of the programme.

WHAT IS THE FUNDING FOR?
 
The Scottish Government and Money Advice Service have agreed that the Board will focus on specific priorities for funding, and there are three main funding streams.
 

Stream 1 – community-wide advice.

Stream 1 of the programme is designed to focus funding on projects that can provide advice, information and representation for people across a geographic area, with a focus on help to resolve benefit and complex debt problems and to provide targeted assistance to help people successfully make the transition to the new benefits system.

Organisations in Stream 1 are well placed to directly deliver the advice provision within the project remit; including local authority advice providers, third sector organisations, and law centres. We particularly welcomed partnership applications which encourage and embed co-ordinated provision of advice and where organisations play to their respective strengths.


There was a suggested maximum grant of around £200,000 for an 18-month period although higher awardse would considered, particularly for nation-wide projects. There was a maximum of around £3.95m available under Stream 1.
 

Stream 1 case study – Inverclyde Advice First Project 
 

Stream 2 – helping tenants of social landlords.

Stream 2 of the programme focuses specifically on advice for tenants of social landlords. Projects aim to provide advice, information and/or representation for social tenants dealing with the impact of changes to the benefit system, particularly those changes which are likely to impact on their ability to manage their housing costs or to sustain their tenancies.

Under Stream 2, proposals must be led by social landlords, either as the organisation delivering the project, or as the lead organisation in partnership with an advice provider. We particularly welcomed partnership applications, including partnership projects which would deliver help to tenants of more than one social landlord.

There was a suggested maximum grant of around £150,000 for an 18-month period although higher awards would be considered in some cases, e.g. for projects with national or broad geographic coverage. There was a maximum of £2.5m available for projects under Stream 2.

Stream 2 case study – Money Advice Works at Queens Cross
 

Stream 3 – thematic stream.

Stream 3 aims to tackle barriers in accessing advice or to test new ways of resolving problems related to debt, financial management and social welfare law for one of the following priority groups:

  • people with disabilities
  • people experiencing domestic abuse. 
Stream 3 case study Deaf Action Money Advice Project

If you have any questions about the Making Advice Work programme, please contact us by email or by telephone to:

  

Alison Pringle
Policy and Development
(0131 240 2015)

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