advice services

Youth access to information, advice and counselling (Policy briefing September 2009)

Briefing paper for policy makers and planners with an interest in the young people’s workforce; integrated youth support services (particularly information, advice and guidance); community legal services; and front-line services wanting to develop their rights-based advice services to young people.

Information, advice and advocacy for older people: Defining and developing services

An exploration of information, advice and advocacy services for older people. Services providing information, advice and advocacy are crucially important in promoting older people’s independence. The report looks at information, advice, and advocacy and the ways in which they may overlap in practice, as well as the differences between them. It explores definitions, core principles, forms, roles and relationships. Information, advice and advocacy are also discussed in terms of skills, services and processes of empowerment.

Now it's personal: personal advisers and the new public service workforce

Providing tailored one-to-one support to help people back into work has been central to the UK Government's reform of the welfare system. This report argues that a new examination is needed on the role of personal advisers. The report is based on focus groups with service users, in-depth interviews with advisers, surveys of personal advisers and employment providers and a review of the literature. Qualitative analysis is presented to show changes in the ratio of Job Centre Plus advisers to the number of interviews they conducted since the recession began.

Young People, Young Parents - Report by Learning Network North and Aberdeen Foyer 2010

A study, by the Scottish Social Services Learning Network North and the Aberdeen Foyer, of the experiences of young people seeking advice and support with sexual health, pregnancy, and parenthood in Aberdeen.

Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Act 2002

This Act of Scottish Parliament is in five parts. Part 1 covers the Debt Arrangement Scheme, a national debt arrangement scheme to enable multiple debts to be assessed with the support of money advisers and paid in accordance with a debt payment programme over a period of time.

Part 2 introduces a new method of enforcement, or diligence, for the attachment of corporeal moveable property. Corporeal moveable property is property which is tangible (corporeal), is not fixed like land or buildings and can be handled and moved (moveable).

Citizen involvement in local governance

This report draws on the findings of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's Governance and Public Services research programme and other related JRF work. It also looks at how citizens are involved, how they influence decisions and how diversity and population change affect citizen and community involvement.

The round-up outlines the challenges and dilemmas that local partners, central government, councillors, staff and communities must resolve if citizens are to have more power and influence over local services and their neighbourhoods.

Rights to Access Project : interim evaluation summary report

Report of an evaluation of the Rights to Access Project, a Lottery funded project set up with the aim of equipping practitioners and organisations to become better at meeting young people's advice needs.

ScoLAG : Scottish Legal Action Group and its Legal Journal

The purpose of the Scottish Legal Action Group is to promote equal access to justice in Scotland. Accordingly, the Group seeks to improve and advance Scots law for the benefit of those members of society who are economically, socially, or otherwise disadvantaged.

Prevention of homelessness guidance

Document summarising the statutory duties of local authorities in Scotland with regard to preventing homelessness. It outlines the actions which local authorities should take to stop homelessness occurring and recurring.

Credit Unions in Scotland : second report of session 2008-09

Report of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee looking at Credit Unions in Scotland. In particular, it looks at the future for Credit Unions in Scotland and the questions of financial exclusion and financial literacy and affordable lending, credit and debt.