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  1. 5 Dec 2012

    Citizens Advice Scotland have said the Chancellor’s autumn statement will push more households into poverty, and that the Chancellor’s ‘divisive’ language adds insult to injury for those who are losing out.

  2. 3 Dec 2012

    CAS has joined more than fifty other organisations, academics, and campaigners urging Chancellor George Osborne not to push people into poverty by reducing benefits paid to the poorest. In an open letter to the Chancellor printed in The Independent on Monday (3 December 2012), Mr Osborne, who will outline spending plans in his autumn statement on Wednesday, the organisations warn that penalising the poor at a time when food and utility prices are rising would be "a tragedy for millions and a travesty for the economy".

  3. 28 Nov 2012

    Citizens Advice Scotland have welcomed reports that the government is to consider enabling a cap on ‘payday loan’ interest rates.

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  4. 26 Nov 2012

    The Scottish CAB service is today launching a campaign to make sure people don’t fall victim to crisis debt through payday loans.

  5. 20 Nov 2012

    CAS has published a report commissioned from the respected Fraser of Allander Institute, into the economic benefits of the Citizens Advice Service in Scotland.

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  6. 14 Nov 2012

    Citizens Advice Scotland has been working on the Energy Best Deal public awareness campaign with support from the energy regulator Ofgem and major energy companies since 2008. Energy Best Deal has now improved the confidence of over 200,000 domestic energy customers across Scotland, England and Wales to shop around, reduce their bills and get help if they are falling behind.

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  7. 14 Nov 2012

    A new report by the Fraser of Allander Institute (below) has calculated that Scottish CAB advice saves the economy over £60m per year in costs that would otherwise be borne by the NHS, the benefits system and homelessness services.

    In addition, the report finds that Scottish CAB advice puts £63m back in the pockets of Scottish CAB clients, and that this money – when spent in shops and services - supports nearly 1,250 Scottish jobs, and wages of around £27m.    

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  8. 9 Nov 2012

    It’s National Consumer Week 12th to 19th November and Citizens Advice Scotland are working with other consumer bodies to highlight the issue of scams.

  9. 5 Nov 2012

    CAS has developed a series of short videos that highlight aspects of the work of the Scottish CAB Service. The first to be launched is on energy: watch it and please do share with your friends. 

    More videos will be coming soon...

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  10. 24 Oct 2012

    CAS have welcomed the Scottish Government's injection of cash to the Social Fund - which is the vital 'last resort' service for people who need emergency money to cover costs such as food and housing.

  11. 22 Oct 2012

    A week-long information campaign will be launched in Edinburgh today (Monday), setting out ways that Scottish families can cut their fuel bills. It comes as a new poll finds that half of parents say rising gas and electricity bills mean they will have to spend less on Christmas this year – forcing Santa to tighten his belt.

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  12. 22 Oct 2012

    Big Energy Saving Week is a major public information campaign, showing how people can take steps to cut their energy bills this winter.  For more information, drop into your local Citizens Advice Bureau or check out the website www.bigenergysavingweek.org.uk  Many bureaux are running special information events during the week and the website has an interactive map with details of timings and venues.

  13. 17 Oct 2012

    Thousands of unemployed Scots are suffering extreme hardship due to a harsh new clampdown on Jobseekers, according to a new report by Citizens Advice Scotland.

  14. 17 Oct 2012

    As welfare changes begin to affect people across the country, Citizens Advice Scotland is producing briefings outlining their impact on people across Scotland in our Voices from the Frontline series.This briefing looks at the increasing number of sanctions that have been applied to jobseekers in the past two years and the effects that they have had on claimants.

  15. 12 Oct 2012

    Citizens Advice Scotland have published mid-year figures which show that Scottish CABs are seeing more ‘crisis cases’ about fuel bills than ever before.

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  16. 12 Oct 2012

    Unemployed and disabled people in rural areas are suffering more than most from the huge cuts being made to the benefits system, according to Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS).

  17. 11 Oct 2012

    Citizens Advice Scotland have said any increases in fuel bills now will hit the most vulnerable Scots – including pensioners, sick and disabled people, and families on low incomes.

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  18. 10 Oct 2012

    Citizens Advice Scotland are to seek clarity on the system for assessing whether disabled Scots are to be entitled to receive the new Personal Independence Payment (the benefit which will replace Disabled Living Allowance).

  19. 8 Oct 2012

    Citizens Advice Scotland have responded to today’s report by the Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities committee about the rise in youth homelessness.

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  20. 4 Oct 2012

    The ‘Energy Best Deal Scotland’ campaign involved frontline advisors in helping vulnerable people cut their energy bills.Around 10,000 households are saving up to £765,000 each year on their energy bills as a result. Consumer Focus Scotland has commissioned an evaluation of the energy training given to frontline advisers. This has shown that tariff advice can and does help reduce fuel bills and involving frontline advisers, does help reach vulnerable people.

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