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National accreditation now available for advice providers


Funding for a new accreditation model for the not-for-profit advice sector has been secured from the Scottish Government. The Scottish National Standards for Information and Advice Providers (SNSIAP) accreditation model is available for housing, welfare benefits and money/debt advice, managed by the Scottish Legal Aid Board.


Funding is available for three years (until November 2019) and during this period, advice providers can go through the new process for accreditation or re-accreditation for free. For organisations seeking accreditation or re-accreditation at Type II or III, this also includes access to the new peer review process without any charge.


For further information on the new accreditation process including guidance, news updates and FAQs, go to or email


The Improvement Service (Money Advice Outcomes Project) has been involved in developing the new SNSIAP accreditation model. Read about our role here.