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  1. 23 Aug 2013

    Stirling CAB will today (Friday 23 August) publish a 'Survival Guide', aimed at helping the growing numbers of people in the area who have no food and no money at an event attended by Scottish Government Minister for Housing and Welfare, Margaret Burgess MSP.

  2. 15 Jul 2013

    Citizens Advice Scotland have said the benefit cap will affect 4,600 households in Scotland, including up to 10,000 children.

  3. 10 Jul 2013

    Disabled people in Scotland are bearing the brunt of the UK government’s welfare reforms, according to Citizens Advice Scotland.

  4. 2 Jul 2013

    New figures published today show that one in five families in the UK can’t afford to feed their children. The research has been published jointly by Fareshare, the Trussell Trust and Tescos. 

  5. 26 Jun 2013

    The welfare changes announced in today’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) will mean more misery for vulnerable Scots, according to Citizens Advice Scotland.

  6. 15 May 2013

    On 14 May, CAS released Offline and Left Behind: Digital exclusion amongst Scotland's CAB clients. The report shows that over three quarters of clients with benefit issues say they will struggle with the UK Government's move to 'digital by default' - moving people on to applying for benefits online only - with the UK Government having a target of 80% of applicants doing so. A total of 76% of CAB clients said they would struggle to apply for a benefit online including 39% who said they could not apply online at all and so are at risk of losing their only source of income as a result.

  7. 14 May 2013

    Over three quarters of Scottish benefit claimants say they will struggle with new rules forcing them to apply for their benefits online, and so may lose their only source of income as a result.

  8. 4 May 2013

    Citizens Advice Scotland have said the government should give GPs the extra resources they need to provide evidence to people who are going through the strict new assessment test for disability benefits.

    BMA Scotland is today (04/05/13) saying that GPs have been ‘flooded’ with requests from patients who need written evidence of their medical history. This is because the government now requires ALL disabled benefit claimants to go through the new assessment system. As a result, GPs are struggling with these growing demands: some are charging their patients for this evidence, and others are refusing to provide it altogether.

  9. 4 May 2013

    Citizens Advice Scotland have said the government should give GPs the extra resources they need to provide evidence to people who are going through the strict new assessment test for disability benefits.

    BMA Scotland is today (04/05/13) saying that GPs have been ‘flooded’ with requests from patients who need written evidence of their medical history. This is because the government now requires ALL disabled benefit claimants to go through the new assessment system. As a result, GPs are struggling with these growing demands: some are charging their patients for this evidence, and others are refusing to provide it altogether.

  10. 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.

  11. 24 Apr 2013

    Citizens Advice Scotland have said the rise in the number of people using foodbanks shows the devastating impact of the government’s welfare reforms, and have called on people to consider whether such policies and their outcomes are acceptable.

  12. 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. 

  13. 15 Apr 2013

    Govan Law Centre have produced a toolkit to challenge decisions about the 'bedroom tax'.  If you have received a letter about changes to your housing benefit, you have one month to challenge the decision.

  14. 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.

  15. 4 Apr 2013

    Following media coverage about Iain Duncan Smith being challenged to live off £53 a week on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on  Monday, Nathan Sparling who works for an MSP in the Scottish Parliament decided to see if he can live off that amount for a week and to get sponsorship for doing so. His chosen is charity is CAB. Nathan has said he wants to first highlight  how hard it is to live on a low income, even if just for a week, and second the work of the CAB service in Scotland. He is choosing to do it whilst he is on annual leave week beginning 8 April and he has a fundraising target of £200. If you are interested in finding out more, you can view his JustGiving page here.

  16. 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.

  17. 19 Mar 2013

    Watch out for Glasgow CAB advisers on Channel 4 News tonight.

  18. 19 Mar 2013

    Citizens Advice Scotland’s Chief Executive has written to the Chancellor, George Osborne, urging him to halt the welfare reforms that are hurting vulnerable people and damaging the Scottish economy.

    Margaret Lynch’s letter, sent in advance of the budget, cites independent economic evidence to say that the government’s welfare reforms are not only hurting poor and vulnerable people but are taking £2.7bn out of the Scottish economy.

  19. 25 Feb 2013

    The Scottish Parliament's Welfare Reform Committee took evidence last week from people who had been through a Work Capability Assessment for ESA or who cared for someone who had been through the process.  The transcript of the evidence session is now up online.

  20. 15 Feb 2013

    The government’s policy of forcing people to apply online for jobs and benefits is causing huge challenges for those who don’t have internet skills or access, according to a new report by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS).

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