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  1. 6 Nov 2017

    From 1 December 2017 a new type of private tenancy will be created in Scotland, known as the Private Residential Tenancy

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  2. 19 Jan 2017

    The Consumer Futures Unit of Citizens Advice Scotland has today welcomed the vision for a low carbon Scotland contained within the Scottish Government’s third draft Climate Change Plan, but states that consumers must be at the heart of the proposals and policies if it is to be achieved.  

  3. 9 Jun 2016

    The Consumer Futures Unit invites you to register for our upcoming conference ‘Energy in Scotland – the Future for Consumers’ on 29th June.

  4. 6 Apr 2016

    Over 6,000 Scots contacted the CAB service last year to report problems with landlords and poor housing in the private rented housing sector. This is an increase of 23% over the previous two years, and amounts to 24 cases every working day.

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  5. 6 Apr 2016

    Author: Patrick Hogan, CAS Policy Officer

    If you’re like me and have bounced around rented accommodation in your student days and beyond, you’ve probably encountered your fair share of worn down flats and colourful landlords.  Most of the time, any problems I experienced didn’t extend far beyond the simply amusing (like that university flat I had with the wildly oscillating kitchen floor – hilarious!) and my landlords dealt with me and any issues I had promptly and professionally. Unfortunately though, the situation for some who privately rent can be more serious. 

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  6. 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.

  7. 25 Nov 2015

    The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced the UK Government’s Spending Review and Autumn Statement. It contains a number of changes to social security benefits. As has been widely reported, previously announced cuts to tax credits have been reversed (although not in their entirety), but the equivalent changes in Universal Credit remain. The Chancellor also announced changes to Housing Benefit, JSA and ESA.

  8. 8 Oct 2015

    Citizens Advice Scotland has welcomed the Scottish Government’s new Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill, describing it as good news for tenants and landlords alike. 

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  9. 5 Sep 2014

    Citizens Advice Scotland has welcomed news that MPs have backed a bill that aims to exclude certain vulnerable groups from the ‘Bedroom Tax’ . 

  10. 13 Aug 2014

    Citizens Advice Scotland has today given evidence to the Scottish Parliament on the problems faced by homeless people the CAB service has seen in the last year. 

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  11. 2 May 2014

    Citizens Advice Scotland has welcomed the announcement that the UK Government has offered to transfer the power to set the cap on Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) to the Scottish Government.

  12. 28 Mar 2014

    Citizens Advice Scotland has welcomed Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie’s statement that the Bedroom Tax should be ended in Scotland.

  13. 5 Feb 2014

    Charity boss urges minister to lift block on £15m aid.

    Citizens Advice Scotland has today written to the UK Government urging them to enable an extra £15m in assistance to Scots affected by the Bedroom Tax. 

    The Scottish Government is ready to spend the extra money, but is unable to do so because of UK government spending limits. In today’s letter to UK Welfare Minister Lord Freud, CAS reveal that in the eight months since the Bedroom Tax was introduced, Scottish CABs have seen a 29% increase in Housing Benefit issues.  

  14. 3 Feb 2014

    Citizens Advice Scotland have called on Scottish and UK governments to work together to help those affected by the Under-Occupancy Charge (or ‘Bedroom Tax’). 

    The call comes as the Scottish Government says it is writing to the UK government in a bid to increase the amount of money it spends on the issue in Scotland.

  15. 16 Dec 2013

    The House of Commons Committee on Scottish Affairs has today published an interim report on the Bedroom Tax, which backs the calls made by Citizens Advice Scotland for certain vulnerable groups to be exempt from the policy. 

    CAS gave evidence to the committee in June, and specifically called for exemptions for disabled people, including those whose condition meant they needed more space, or whose homes had been adapted for their use. These calls have been echoed by the committee in their report today, along with suggestions we made for changes to the system for giving financial help to those most in need.

  16. 14 Nov 2013

    Scots who are sick and disabled are being hit harder than most by the Bedroom Tax – according to new figures published today (Thursday 14th November) by Citizens Advice Scotland. 

  17. 4 Nov 2013

    Scottish CAB advisers have seen huge increases in the numbers of people who are in rent arrears, following the introduction of the Bedroom Tax.   

    As a BBC Scotland report shows that Scottish Councils are owed £3m in rent arrears because of the recent changes, Citizens Advice Scotland have reported similar trends in CAB cases.  

  18. 4 Nov 2013

    Shelter Scotland are looking for members to join their new private tenants' forum.

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  19. 19 Sep 2013

    Eight Scottish Councils are on a list of the 20 UK areas worst affected by the Bedroom Tax - according to figures released today by the TUC. The statistics show that nearly one third of Council tenants affected by the bedroom tax are now behind in their rent, and so are in danger of being evicted.

  20. 16 Sep 2013

    The number of Scots who are struggling to pay their rent or mortgage has been revealed today according to new figures from Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) and the Debt Advisory Centre Scotland (DACS).   

    DACS have revealed that 3% of Scots (126,500) borrowed money to pay their rent or mortgage last month, with those aged 24-44 particularly vulnerable to this.  

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