Grant Funding: Scottish Women’s Rights Centre Legal Project 2019-20
Plan as to criteria
Section 4A of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 enables SLAB to make grants for various purposes.
Prior to doing so, SLAB is required to publish a plan as to the criteria which it will apply in considering whether or not to make such a grant.
This plan must be in accordance with any directions issued by the Scottish Ministers. The Scottish Ministers must approve the plan.
SLAB will apply the following criteria:
- delivering and improving access to legal advice and assistance and representation, in relation to civil matters, for women affected by gender based violence including civil legal advice and representation and related advocacy support for women affected by gender based violence
- improving the understanding of the scale and type of demand for legal advice from this group, highlight problems in access, and identify examples of good practice and methods of delivery for civil issues
- improving knowledge and expertise on gender based violence within the legal profession for civil issues
- The upper limit of expenditure that may be paid out of the Fund by virtue of section 4A(1) of the 1986 Act is £369,000 for this grant. The period specified by Scottish Ministers in relation to which that limit applies is from 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020.
- The application for the grant must come in respect of achieving outcomes for the project (known as the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre Legal Project) and is to be invited from a partnership managed by Rape Crisis Scotland, with JustRight Scotland
- The project application must set out the full range of activity proposed to contribute to achievement of the priority outcomes in line with the specified upper limit of expenditure for the period
The application must also incorporate information about the monitoring and project management arrangements including:
- how recording of activity will be carried out to ensure that the service is meeting client needs and identify areas where a more effective service can be provided
- how the progress of the project will be managed including details of the appropriate Advisory Group structure comprising a wider group of stakeholders for the project to help identify areas for improving legal service provision in response to gender based violence and share learning.