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Scottish CAB service praised in Holyrood – watch the debate

11 Oct 2013

A Members’ Business Debate held in Holyrood on 10th October focused on the Youthinfo @ CAB project from the Roxburgh and Berwickshire CAB.  Both this project amd others aimed at and by young people across the Scottish CAB network received tremendous praise from MSPs from all five parties represented at the Scottish Parliament.  Staff and the voluntary aspect of the whole Scottish CAB service also won plaudits from the MSPs in attendance, as well as from the Minister for Children and Young People.  

CAS very much appreciates the cross party support received during the debate, which was brought to Parliament by Jim Hume MSP following a visit to the project.  Volunteers who attended the debate in the Scottish Parliament as guests of Jim Hume said “It’s very important [we discuss these issues in the Scottish Parliament,] we live in a time of change…we have severe unemployment, particularly with young people.” 

You can read some of the MSP comments below and watch the 35-minute debate on the Scottish Parliament website at the following link: 

http://www.parliament.scot/newsandmediacentre/41520.aspx 

…And read the full debate here: 

http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/28862.aspx?r=8557&mode=pdf 

Quotes:

“As parliamentarians, we all have a healthy regard for the work that citizens advice bureaux do around Scotland; I have often referred constituents to them, due to the excellent expert advice that they can provide, free of charge”

Jim Hume (Scottish Liberal Democrat, South of Scotland) 

“Citizens Advice Scotland’s report “Being Young Being Heard: The impact of the recession on young people in Scotland” is an excellent document.”

(Christine Grahame, SNP, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale)

“We all owe a debt of gratitude to citizens advice bureaux and their volunteers, young and old alike. We thank them for their efforts on our behalf.”

(Jackie Baillie, Scottish Labour, West Dumbartonshire) 

“I too am well aware of the excellent work that the bureaux continue to do… I have nothing but praise for the training that Citizens Advice Scotland gives volunteers and the first-class work that it does, which is topical and responds to topical trends.”

(Mary Scanlon, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Highlands and Islands) 

“Its work with people throughout our communities in Scotland has made it invaluable, and it is the first port of call for many people in crises. It is fair to say that its services, which are delivered by staff and well-trained volunteers, have rarely been more in demand.”

(Alison Johnstone, Scottish Green Party, Lothian) 

“I pay tribute to Citizens Advice Scotland and all the citizens advice bureaux across Scotland, which provide such an important service to thousands of people in the country.”

(Malcolm Chisholm MSP, Scottish Labour, Edinburgh Northern and Leith) 

“I understand that the [Youthinfo @ CAB] project gives advice on a range of issues, …[on] areas in which many young people will require a helping hand …As Jim Hume said, to date 3,806 students have taken part in its workshops. That is a phenomenal result, which shows the excellent impact that volunteers can have in our communities.”

(The Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell MSP)

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