Debt advice levy funding allocation: 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 2019/20.


The table below gives details of the debt advice levy funding allocated by the Scottish Government for April - September 2019. The information is also being made available on the Scottish Government Tackling Problem Debt Group website at:

Information for the full financial year 2019/20 will be made available in the same place as soon as it is available.

Organisation Activity Amount
Advice Direct Scotland Pilot project for a cloud-based platform
enabling better integrated client journeys
Citizens Advice Scotland Debt advice transition and capacity
provision projects
Citizens Advice Scotland Debt advocacy £21,700
Improvement Service Projects on levy allocation models,
Common Advice Reporting Framework
and Funders’ Framework
Money Advice Scotland Core funding, training courses for debt
advisers, workforce strategy project
and digital pilot project
Money Advice Trust National Debtline and Business Debtline £116,474
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
StepChange (Foundation
for Credit Counselling)
Telephone debt advice £126,150
Total   £1,863,960.50

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