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  1. 26 Mar 2014

    Citizens Advice Scotland has responded to today’s statement by the Mental Welfare Commission about the flaws in the benefit system.

  2. 18 Feb 2014

    CAS responded to the Litchfield Review, the fourth independent review looking at the work capability assessment, part of Employment Support Allowance (ESA). The final report reflects CAS' key recommendations about the gathering of medical evidence as part of the assessment process.

  3. 18 Feb 2014

    CAS has responded to the Scottish Government's consultation on a draft bill to make the Scottish Welfare Fund scheme permanent.  We focus on the need for independence in the second tier review arrangements, and the importance of consulting with voluntary organisations and others who have experience of supporting applicants to the scheme, when developing the guidance for the scheme.

  4. 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. 6 Feb 2014

    Citizens Advice Scotland has said that nearly three quarters of people they refer to foodbanks are in that position due to problems related to the benefit system.

  6. 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.  

  7. 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.

  8. 10 Jan 2014

    Citizens Advice Scotland has submitted detailed evidence about CAB clients experiences of sanctions to the Government-commissioned Independent Review of Sanctions.

  9. 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.

  10. 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. 

  11. 6 Nov 2013

    Responding to UK Government figures published today which show that approximately 53,270 JSA sanctions have been applied to people in Scotland since the introduction of a new stricter sanctions regime last October, CAS Chief Executive, Margaret Lynch said:

  12. 5 Nov 2013

    Citizens Advice Scotland have said that payday lenders are destroying the lives of thousands of people in Scotland. 

    Leading Payday Loans companies gave evidence to the House of Commons this morning, and defended their business by saying only ‘2 or 3 per cent’ of their customers got into financial difficulty.

  13. 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.  

  14. 16 Oct 2013

    The new Claimant Commitment started on Tuesday 15th October for new jobseekers in Inverness.  It will be rolled out to other Jobcentres across Scotland starting later this month and will be fully in place by April 2014.

  15. 16 Oct 2013

    Citizens Advice Scotland fear that official figures showing the numbers of people using foodbanks are only the tip of the iceberg, and that the problem is much bigger under the surface. 

    The CAS statement comes on World Food Day (Wednesday 16th Oct) as the Trussell Trust reveals that 350,000 people across the UK had to use its foodbanks in the last 6 months.

  16. 8 Oct 2013

    The Scottish Parliament Welfare Reform Committee would like to hear from people with, or caring for those with, long-term conditions and get their thoughts about how welfare changes are impacting on them. This is part of the Committee's ‘Your Say’ initiative where MSPs aim to hear from those who have been directly affected by welfare reform.

  17. 2 Oct 2013

    Citizens Advice Scotland has responded to reports that the UK government is considering cutting benefits to people aged 16-25. 

  18. 30 Sep 2013

    Citizens Advice Scotland have said the Chancellor’s latest plans for benefit claimants are putting further pressure on some of the most vulnerable people in Scotland.

  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. 5 Sep 2013

    Citizens Advice Scotland have called on the UK government to guarantee that low-income Scots will not lose out in the introduction of the new ‘Universal Credit’ benefit.

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