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  1. 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.

  2. 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. 

  3. 11 Apr 2013

    The report published by the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee today shows that, when fully implemented, the UK Government’s welfare changes and benefit cuts will take more than £1.6 billion out of the Scottish economy every year.

  4. 20 Mar 2013

    Citizens Advice Scotland have said that today’s budget offers little relief for the hundreds of thousands of vulnerable families who have been driven into poverty by the government’s welfare reforms.

  5. 24 Jan 2013

    The UK government’s welfare cuts and changes are pushing thousands of Scots into financial crisis, and the situation is set to get steadily worse - according to a new report by Citizens Advice Scotland.
     
    CAS has today published an evidence report showing the effects that welfare changes are having on CAB clients – including sick and disabled people, pensioners, young Scots and families on low incomes – and the strains this extra workload is putting on the CAB service.

  6. 23 Jan 2013

    Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) and Citizens Advice and Rights Fife will today tell MSPs on the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee that underemployment is pushing Scots into poverty. The organisations will tell the committee that many CAB clients are desperate to work more hours and to better use their skills, but the shortage of full-time jobs is keeping them in underemployment.

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  7. 21 Jan 2013

    Commenting on Joseph Rowntree Foundation report Monitoring poverty and social exclusion in Scotland 2013 Citizens Advice Scotland Chief Executive Margaret Lynch said:

    "This report bears out exactly what CAB see day in and day out. More people unemployed, underemployed or in low-income households who need advice on debt and benefits as they find it increasingly difficult to get though the month and manage to pay the bills and put food on the table. At a time of rising costs it is becoming harder and harder for people to cope and so CAB are increasingly seeing more people in crisis.

  8. 21 Jan 2013

    Citizens Advice Scotland has today welcomed news of £5.4million of Scottish Government funding for advice services to mitigate the impact of welfare changes. The Scottish CAB Service will benefit from a share of the new funding, allowing more training and hours of service in CABs across the country.

  9. 21 Jan 2013

    The Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Scotland has today strongly urged MPs to vote against the UK Government’s Welfare Benefit Up-rating Bill which will go through its final stages today.

  10. 14 Jan 2013

    A new report from Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) calls on suppliers and regulators to better target help for people who have difficulty meeting the ever rising costs of heating their homes. With household energy bills now double what they were in 2004; CAS says that energy companies and the Scottish and UK Governments must do more to support struggling consumers.

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  11. 9 Jan 2013

    The Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Scotland has said she is disappointed and disheartened following the passing of the second reading of the UK Government’s Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill today. The bill will impose a three-year cap of 1% on most working-age benefits and tax credits for three years from 2013/14.

  12. 7 Jan 2013

    Citizens Advice Scotland have said too many working Scots are struggling in low-paid and unsatisfying jobs which don’t meet their financial needs and which have a negative impact on their health and relationships.

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  13. 5 Dec 2012

    The following announcements were made in the Chancellor’s autumn statement today.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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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  17. 19 Apr 2012

    Citizens Advice Scotland have said new changes to tax credits will hit nearly 85,000 families in Scotland, making them much worse off. 

  18. 14 Apr 2012

    Citizens Advice Scotland have said many Scottish households are facing financial crisis, amid new reports that the cost of running a home is higher than ever.

  19. 10 Apr 2012

    Citizens Advice Scotland’s survey of recent graduates received over 500 responses between 8am and 4pm on its first day. And responses are still coming in thick and fast.

  20. 10 Apr 2012

    Citizens Advice Scotland will today (Tuesday 10 April) formally launch a major national survey of recent graduates who are struggling to find work.

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