10 Apr 2015
Following an increase in the number of clients coming into the CAB with problems accessing medical evidence to support benefit applications, reconsiderations and appeals, the Stirling Social Policy Team decided to research the issue further.
16 Sep 2014
Musselburgh and District CAB have designed and launched a mobile phone app to help people keep track of their finances and avoid falling into debt.
15 Jul 2014
When Ashleigh Bird's work placement for her Stirling University Law degree fell through at the last minute, she couldn't have imagined that her misfortune would lead to such a fulfilling experience.
The Community Action Team asked Ashleigh a few questions - read on to find out more about her experience at Stirling CAB, her research into the issues facing the armed services community, and the launch of her report on Armed Services Day...
8 Jul 2014
East Sutherland CAB recently held a successful coffee morning. Volunteer Support Officer Jim McCourt explains why: "For some time, East Sutherland CAB have had concerns about the new disability benefit – Personal Independence Payment (PIP) – and its impact on the local population. People seem confused about the changes from DLA, and reluctant to claim the new benefit. There have also been long delays in getting medical assessments, and in the decision-making processes. Numerous clients have had to wait six months or more before receiving their entitlement."
26 Jun 2014
Members of Angus Citizens Advice Bureaux social policy team recently visited the Scottish Parliament. Mairi Buchanan of the Angus and Tayside service reports:
24 Jun 2014
A hard-hitting film shot by teenage Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) volunteers and a BAFTA Award-winning producer has been released. Attended by staff and volunteers from CABs across Roxburgh, Berwickshire and the Borders, the premiere of The Domino Effect took place at the Filmhouse in Hawick. The film depicts a young soldier’s downward spiral and eventual redemption, sparked by a visit to his local bureau.
17 Mar 2014
A group of leading charities gathered in Glasgow City Chambers this morning to declare that poverty in the city is not inevitable and must be eradicated.
The conference was organised by the city's eight Citizens Advice Bureaux and was attended by over 170 people from dozens of charities and community groups across the city.
18 Feb 2014
West Dunbartonshire Citizens Advice Bureau has launched a scathing report showing the lack of fairness in the benefits system today (Tuesday 18 February 2014).
5 Dec 2013
Shetland CAB conducted a survey with the help of the local community to gain an insight into the energy issues faced across Shetland. The survey was conducted between November 2012 and February 2013 and had 468 respondents from all parts of the islands. The findings formed a report, launched this week at the CAB, which looks to raise awareness of fuel usage, fuel poverty and the large number of homes which are energy inefficient in the Shetland Islands.
2 Dec 2013
The Dundee Bureau Social Policy Team (DSPT) is dedicated to maximising the awareness of the national Payday Loans Campaign locally.
15 Nov 2013
A Big Lottery-funded activity day organised by Bureaux and attended by over thirty partner organisations has been staged in Seamill. North Ayrshire Citizens Advice Service’s (NACAS) ‘Big Event’ saw volunteers, staff and board members gather to exchange ideas and meet staff from charities and agencies they regularly work with.
8 Nov 2013
A Scottish Citizens Advice Bureau is to use the beautiful game as a way of helping people beat the misery of payday loan debts.
Payday lenders told Parliament yesterday that their services do not lead people into financial problems. The CAB service begs to differ, pointing out that over 100 Scots a week contact their CAB because they are in crisis debt to a payday lender – that’s a third higher than the number this time last year.
5 Jul 2013
Glasgow Central CAB's social policy team has recently finished working on a project with local student, Aisling Clark, to produce a report looking at the experiences of clients who have been perceived as 'fit to work'.
27 Jun 2013
Dundee Citizens Advice Bureau met with the Low Pay Commission on the 11th June 2013 to present evidence on low pay in the city.
25 Apr 2013
New research finds that once all the benefits cuts and welfare changes are in place, they will amount to £1.6billion a year.
The figures show the impact for every local authority in Scotland.
23 Apr 2013
Nathan Sparling set himself the challenge of living on £53 for a week when Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith said in an interview he could live off the same amount. He decided to make this an opportunity to fundraise for the Citizens Advice Service and collected £750 in sponsorship.
22 Mar 2013
Consumer Minister Jo Swinson MP visited Renfrewshire CAB in Paisley today to announce the new injection of funding for the CAB service, aimed at helping bureaux replace their outdated computer equipment, and boosting their role as the ‘voice of the consumer’ in Scotland.
A total of £9.5m is being announced for the CAB service across the UK. £1.5m of that is being allocated to bureaux in Scotland.
19 Mar 2013
Watch out for Glasgow CAB advisers on Channel 4 News tonight.
10 Dec 2012
Bus companies across Scotland will give people on benefits who are looking for work free bus travel in January 2013, following campaigning by Scottish bureaux.
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.