Citizens Advice Scotland has welcomes a number of measures in the programme for government, announced by the First Minister in parliament today.
CAS Head of Policy Susan McPhee says,
“We welcome the Scottish Government’s commitments today to tackle the issues facing some of society’s most vulnerable groups. In particular, we are pleased to see the recognition of the value of advice through the proposed Family Financial Health Check to be rolled out next year. Last year, citizens advice bureaux provided income maximisation and benefit checks to over 210,000 people in Scotland each year, generating a client financial gain of over £144 million. As Scotland’s biggest provider of independent advice, we see on a daily basis how vital these services can be to families in Scotland.
“CAS also welcomes the proposals that prioritise child poverty and homelessness in the government’s programme. There are still too many children in poverty and too many people who find themselves without a home, and additional funding is essential to tackle these twin issues.
“The proposals to empower the Poverty and Inequality Commission to look at how new social security powers could be used and to create a homelessness action group have the potential to focus efforts and resources to help these groups.”