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  1. Publication date:
    May 2017

    The Consumer Futures Unit is publishing a series of briefing sheets that draw together evidence and recommendations on issues relevant to energy, post and water consumers in Scotland. This briefing gives an overview of consumer issues in relation to district heating in Scotland. 

  2. Craig Salter
    Publication date:
    May 2017

    Different Rules for Different Fuels examines consumer and supplier experience of district heating in Scotland in relation to consumer protection, and what consumer protection measures could be implemented in Scotland. The CFU is calling for greater protection for consumers in Scotland who use district heating schemes, based on research carried out by Changeworks and the Centre for Sustainable Energy on behalf of the CFU. 

  3. Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee inquiry
    Rob Gowans
    Publication date:
    May 2017

    CAS is generally concerned about the restriction on families to only being able to claim Child Tax Credits or Universal Credit for two children. Advice on Child Tax Credits is one of the most common issues that clients seek advice on, with 13,363 new issues during the year, an increase of 14% compared with the previous 12 months. A CAB client profile survey in November 2016 showed that 9.3% of clients (1 in every 11) who were given advice on an issue related to Child Tax Credits were from a large family, with three or more dependent children.

  4. CAS Information Team
    Publication date:
    April 2017

    This fact sheet tells you about divorce in Scotland. It includes guidance for what to think about and the practical steps you need to take. If you need it, you can get more advice from your local CAB.

  5. CAS Information Team
    Publication date:
    April 2017

    This fact sheet tells you about ending a relationship when you've been living together. It includes guidance for what to think about and the practical steps you need to take. If you need it, you can get more advice from your local CAB.

  6. CAS Information Team
    Publication date:
    April 2017

    This fact sheet tells you about ending a civil partnership in Scotland. It includes guidance for what to think about and the practical steps you need to take. If you need it, you can get more advice from your local CAB. 

    You can also download fact sheets about getting divorced in Scotland and ending a relationship when you've been living together.

  7. Consultation Response from Consumer Futures Unit
    Publication date:
    April 2017

    The Scottish Government's consultation on introducing local heat and energy efficiency strategies and the regulation of district heating presents an opportunity to further embed consumer principles in energy markets, and tackle fuel poverty. In this substantial response, the Consumer Futures Unit has presented unique evidence to inform the development of these strategies, and the content of regulation, to ensure the interests of consumers are at their heart. 

  8. Publication date:
    April 2017

    The Citizens Advice Service in Scotland isn’t just the country's leading independent advice service. It is also a leading advocate for social change. This document outlines the issues that Citizens Advice Scotland will focus on and the changes that we aim to influence in the next year and beyond.  

  9. Peter Beckett
    Publication date:
    March 2017

    As part of the Scottish Government funding to help bureaux mitigate the impact of Social Security changes, CAS commissioned an external researcher to carry out qualitative research to increase our understanding of:

    • The main drivers of effective partnerships between bureaux and other organisations in reaching out to individuals
    • The benefits to the organisations involved
    • The added-value for clients supported.

    The study also set out to capture the impact on individuals and the bureaux as a result of the changes to social security benefits and the roll out of Universal Credit. 

  10. Citizens Advice Scotland
    Publication date:
    March 2017

    This is the Annual Report for Citizens Advice Scotland for the 2015-16 financial year. It was approved at the Citizens Advice Scotland AGM on 28 March 2017.

  11. Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee call for evidence
    Rob Gowans
    Publication date:
    March 2017

    Citizens Advice Scotland welcomes the opportunity to submit evidence to inform the Committee’s consideration of the Bill. Scotland’s CAB Service sees the effects of child poverty on a daily basis, and the majority of advice provided by citizens advice bureaux in Scotland relates to issues related to maximising low incomes, particularly access to social security benefits and dealing with problem debt.

  12. Publication date:
    March 2017
  13. Consultation response from Citizens Advice Scotland
    Mark Patterson
    Publication date:
    March 2017

     At the start of 2017 the Ministry of Justice published a consultation: review of the introduction of fees in the Employment Tribunals, available to download here.

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  14. CAS response to Work and Pensions Committee inquiry
    Rob Gowans
    Publication date:
    March 2017

    Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) welcomes the opportunity to provide evidence to the Committee’s inquiry. In 2015/16, citizens advice bureaux in Scotland advised clients on 227,561 new issues related to social security benefits. Of those, 98,699 (43%) related to the six legacy benefits that are due to be replaced by Universal Credit. It is likely that Universal Credit will eventually become the largest single issue that Scotland’s CAB Network provides advice on, and in areas where Full Service Universal Credit has already been rolled out, it is quickly beginning to take up a significant proportion of CAB advisers’ time.

     

  15. Publication date:
    March 2017

    The Consumer Futures Unit is publishing a series of briefing sheets that draw together evidence and recommendations on issues relevant to energy, post and water consumers in Scotland. This briefing gives an overview of consumer issues in relation to fuel poverty in Scotland. 

  16. Publication date:
    March 2017

    The Consumer Futures Unit is publishing a series of briefing sheets that draw together evidence and recommendations on issues relevant to energy, post and water consumers in Scotland.  This briefing gives an overview of recent energy price rises by major suppliers in Great Britain. 

  17. Response to Scottish Government consultation
    Rob Gowans
    Publication date:
    March 2017

    Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) warmly welcomes the opportunity to respond to this consultation. These draft regulations represent the first piece of legislation as part of the social security powers devolved to the Scottish Government under the Scotland Act 2016. The use of the Universal Credit flexibilities has been of considerable interest to CAS, alongside the wider rollout of Universal Credit, which is already a significant impact on many CAB clients.

  18. Consultation response from Citizens Advice Scotland
    Mark Patterson
    Publication date:
    March 2017

    At the end of 2016 the Ministry of Justice and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published a consultation, Reforming the Employment Tribunal system, available to download here.

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  19. UK Government consultation
    Rhiannon Sims and Rob Gowans
    Publication date:
    February 2017

    CAS welcomes the Government’s ambition to reduce the disability employment gap, which is important in ensuring equality, fairness in the workplace and helping people with disabilities and health conditions maximise their incomes. However, it should be recognised that there are people who will not be able to undertake paid work because of their condition or impairment, in a number of cases for the remainder of their life.

  20. Consumer Futures Unit
    Publication date:
    February 2017

    The Consumer Futures Unit (CFU) has responded to the Scottish Parliament’s joint call for evidence as part of its scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s third draft Climate Change Plan.

    The CFU is pleased to have had the opportunity to comment on Scottish Ministers’ plans for meeting Scotland’s annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets. In responding to the Scottish Parliament’s joint call for evidence we have limited our comments to areas of the draft plan that are directly relevant to our remit.

    In this publication we present our written evidence to the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee. Our evidence to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee and the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee is available separately and can be downloaded below. 

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