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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-12418: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 3 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether any statutory right to advocacy would have to be linked to ring-fenced funding to ensure that it could be realised.

Answered by: Maree Todd 15 November 2017

Under Section 122(5) of the Children's Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011, Scottish Ministers have the power to enter into arrangements (contractual or otherwise) with any person other than a Local Authority, Children's Hearings Scotland or the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration for the provision of the advocacy service. It is therefore likely that when we introduce our delivery model, any national scheme funding will be delineated from Local Authorities in order to ensure independence and integrity.