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Spotlight on: Children and families

Around four out of ten bureau clients have caring responsibilities, with almost a third of clients caring for dependent children. One in nine clients is looking after a member of their family who has a disability.

Our Kinship Care service operates across the country to support the thousands of people who care for children whose natural parents are unable to do so.  These are often grandparents, aunts and uncles but can also be family friends.  We are then able to reflect the experiences of our clients in evidence reports which throw the challenges kinship carers face into sharp relief.  

News

  1. 10 Feb 2017

    Citizens Advice Scotland has welcomed the publication of the Scottish Government’s Child Poverty Bill, but has called on the government to set specific and achievable targets.

  2. 3 Feb 2016

    Foundation Scotland has set up a Flood Recovery Fund to relieve hardship across Scotland caused directly or indirectly by storm damage and flooding in December 2015 and early 2016. The fund is open to individuals or families, and community organisations involved in the flood relief effort.

  3. 1 Dec 2014

    A new report published by Citizens Advice Scotland exposes the worrying shortcomings in childcare provision in Scotland. In particular, it says that many CAB clients find that provision is either too expensive or simply doesn’t exist in a way that works for them.

Publications

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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