Couple talking to advisor

Improvement Service (IS) joins group to develop accreditation model for advice providers


The IS (Money Advice Outcomes Project) has been asked to join the Scottish National Standards for Information and Advice Providers (SNSIAP) ‘Reference Group’ to help develop and implement a new accreditation model.


The Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) has been asked by the Scottish Government to develop and implement the delivery of the new Scottish National Standards for Information and Advice Providers’ (SNSIAP) model.


SLAB will manage the first three-year test cycle of the new sustainable accreditation model for advice providers. An outline of the new model is now available.


This will make SLAB the first point of contact for advice providers wishing to apply for accreditation or re-accreditation. SLAB hopes to co-ordinate the audit and peer review of advice providers from the summer of 2016.


The Scottish Government has confirmed it will fund the first three-year cycle of the new system of accreditation. This means that advice providers who apply for accreditation at any point within the first three year cycle will not be charged.


The Scottish Government will retain ownership of the SNSIAP and also of the awarding of accreditation.


The Scottish National Standards for Information and Advice Providers: A Quality Assurance Framework 2009 is available on the Scottish Government's website.


As a member of the reference group the IS will:


  • Assist SLAB to develop and implement an accreditation model that is fit for purpose
  • Provide a reference point for advice on the development of individual products
  • Identify a means of testing various aspects of the new model
  • Assist SLAB to communicate and gather views from its membership organisations


To keep up to date with the latest news on the SNSIAP, visit the SLAB website.