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Making Advice Work (MAW) programme


Scottish Legal Aid Board Grant Funding Programme 2013 – 2016


The Scottish Legal Aid Board was asked by the Scottish Government and the Money Advice Service to run a grant funding programme with three main funding streams:

The MAW launch press release from April 2013 gives details of the original funding division between these streams split; a Scottish Government announcement in January 2014 reports additional money made available to support a small number of further shortlisted projects under Stream 3 of the programme.

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 are 29 projects funded under Stream 1.

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 are 23 projects funded under Stream 2.

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:

There are 14 projects funded under Stream 3.

Evaluation of Streams 1 and 2 of the MAW programme

SLAB published the evaluation report and issued a news release in January 2015. The evaluation report demonstrates the positive impact being achieved by projects funded under Steams 1 and 2 of the MAW programme.

 

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

Policy and Development
grantfunding@slab.org.uk
0131 240 18831892


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

Policy and Development
grantfunding@slab.org.uk
0131 240 1883

 

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