Date lodged: 24 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how many bodies in the voluntary sector that carry out an advocacy role are funded by it and its agencies.
Answered by: Angela Constance 31 January 2018
This is why the Scottish Government funds the Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA) for £177,000 per year. SIAA is a membership organisation made up of local independent and non-independent advocacy organisations, voluntary sector organisations, statutory agencies and other interested parties. It is responsible for promoting, supporting and defending independent advocacy in Scotland.
The Scottish Government recognises that advocacy services play an important part in ensuring that the rights of vulnerable people are safeguarded and that their needs are met.
A number of third sector organisations funded by the Scottish Government and its agencies will have some form of advocacy role in support of their members and the communities they serve. This aspect of their work may or may not be covered in their grant relationship and it is therefore not possible to offer definitive numbers.