Date lodged: 17 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with local authorities regarding moving to competitive tendering processes for specialist frontline services that support women and children affected by domestic abuse.
Answered by: Angela Constance 29 November 2016
The Scottish Government has not discussed this specific issue with local authorities. CoSLA are a co-partner in the Equally Safe strategy to prevent and eradicate all forms of violence against women and girls. In relation to the work they are taking forward with Scottish Women's Aid to develop guidance for local authorities in commissioning domestic abuse services, Scottish Government officials have had sight of an early draft and offered factual comments on that.