Debt advice funding breakdown: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested

You asked for a breakdown of funding allocated via debt advice levy funding by organisation and amount awarded, and an outline of what the allocated funding was used for (eg to provide advice service, to provide helpline etc.) in 2018/19.


Responsibility for the debt advice levy funding was devolved to the Scottish Government from 1 January 2019.  The table below gives details of the debt advice levy funding allocated by the Scottish Government during financial year 2018-19. The information is also being made available on the Scottish Government Tackling Problem Debt Group website at:

Organisation Activity Amount
Advice Direct Scotland Pilot project for a cloud-based platform
enabling better integrated client journeys
Advice Direct Scotland Debt advice training project £10,000
Citizens Advice Scotland Debt advice capacity provision project £200,000
Improvement Service Project on improving money
advice outcomes in Scotland
Money Advice Scotland Training courses for debt advisers £33,473
Money Advice Scotland Workforce strategy project £21,120
Money Advice Scotland Debt advice user testing project £16,110
Scottish Legal Aid Board Projects under Making Advice Work and
Early Resolution Advice Programmes
StepChange (Foundation
for Credit Counselling)
Project to increase debt advice provision,
with a focus on vulnerable clients
Total   £1,469,230

The Money Advice Service also allocated debt advice levy funding for Scotland during financial year 2018-19.  It was not subject to FOI legislation.  On 1 January 2019 it was replaced by the Single Financial Guidance Body, now called the Money and Pensions Service, which is subject to FOI legislation.  It can be contacted at

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