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  1. Gael Scott
    Publication date:
    March 2015

    Our series of briefings ‘Voices from the Frontline’ show the reality of the impact of current welfare changes on the people of Scotland. We highlight the experiences of the thousands of clients advised by CAB in Scotland and make recommendations for change.

  2. Implementing the Smith Agreement: Welfare benefits
    Publication date:
    March 2015
  3. Implementing the Smith Agreement: Civil protections and advice
    Publication date:
    March 2015
  4. The Confidence Code is a voluntary code of practice for domestic energy price comparison sites
    Jenni Lucas-Williams
    Publication date:
    February 2015

    The Citizens Advice Service welcomes the opportunity to respond to the consultation on Ofgem’s proposed drafting for the Confidence Code to reflect January 2015 policy changes.

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  5. Consultation response
    Xanthe Couture and Kate Morrison
    Publication date:
    February 2015

    As the statutory representative for consumers of postal services across Scotland, England and Wales, the Citizens Advice Service are pleased to respond to offer comments on the postal elements of Ofcom’s Draft Annual Plan 2015/16.

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  6. Citizens Advice, Citizens Advice Scotland and Consumer Council for Northern Ireland consultation response
    Xanthe Couture, Kate Morrison and Kellin McCloskey
    Publication date:
    February 2015

    As the statutory representative for consumers of postal services across Scotland, England, and Wales the Citizens Advice Service and the Consumer Council for Northern Ireland are pleased to respond to Ofcom’s consultation on Royal Mail Access Pricing and its specific aims to amend the regulatory framework relating to the Universal Service Provider Access (USPA) Condition.

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  7. Consultation response
    Xanthe Couture and Kate Morrison
    Publication date:
    February 2015

    As the statutory representative for consumers of postal services across Scotland, England and Wales, The Citizens Advice Service responds to Royal Mail’s consultation document on the introduction of New International Large Letters format.

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  8. Robert McGeachy
    Publication date:
    February 2015

    CAS welcomes new the Draft Provision of Water and Sewerage Services (Reasonable Cost) (Scotland) Regulations 2015 and would welcome clarity from the Scottish Government on whether any review of Council Tax / local taxation may impact the Regulations with regard to council tax banding.

  9. Protecting Scotland’s Workers from Unfair Treatment
    Rob Gowans
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    February 2015
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  10. Publication date:
    January 2015

    This is the second Priorities Report by the Consumer Protection Partnership (CPP), of which CAS is a member, following the publication of the first Priorities Report in November 2013.

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  11. Robert McGeachy
    Publication date:
    January 2015

    Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) is seeking tenders from all interested parties to undertake research into consumers’ experience of water and sewerage debt.

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  12. Robert McGeachy
    Publication date:
    January 2015

    Citizens Advice Scotland welcomes new measures that will improve and protect water sources within catchment areas, and will mitigate the need for Scottish Water to treat contaminated water to the cost of the paying customer.

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  13. A consultation on draft Regulations
    Keith Dryburgh
    Publication date:
    January 2015

    CAS has responded to the consultation on the draft regulations for Universal Credit data sharing. In order to provide a representative response on behalf of the Citizens Advice Service, we consulted bureaux in Scotland on the proposals and received responses from 32 citizens advice bureaux. This response represents a summary of the responses received. 

  14. Kate Morrison
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    January 2015
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  15. Advice trends from the second quarter 2014/15
    Keith Dryburgh
    Publication date:
    January 2015

    Snapshot uses bureau evidence to act as an early warning system of where policies and practices are failing or inefficient. These quarterly briefings use very recent evidence and will be an excellent way of spotting trends in social policy and tracing the impact of recent policy changes. The briefings will be of use to politicians, government departments, the private sector, and third sector organisations – and anyone with an interest in the most important issues facing people in Scotland. 

    This edition covers advice trends in Scotland during the second quarter of the 2014/15 financial year.

  16. Rhiannon Sims and Keith Dryburgh
    Publication date:
    December 2014

    CAS has responded to the Work and Pensions Committee’s inquiry into benefit sanctions policy beyond the Oakley Review. We believe that the Review was too narrow in its remit and this inquiry represents a vital opportunity to take a wider look at the sanctions regime, its purpose and impact on claimants. 

  17. Publication date:
    December 2014

    In 2013/14 the Patient Advice and Support Service (PASS) supported 2336 clients and dealt with 7424 enquiries from clients relating to feedback, comments, concerns and complaints about the NHS in Scotland.  These were increases of 16% and 27% on the 2012/13 figures.  A range of work was undertaking in the year with a service review, the employment of a PASS Marketing Officer and the introduction of a PASS website.  Independent client feedback found that 93% of clients were very satisfied or satisfied with the service.  The Annual Report and Appendix present a brief picture of the work that has been done in 2013/14.

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  18. Citizens Advice Scotland
    Publication date:
    December 2014

    In 2013/14 CAS again rose to the unique challenges we face every year; namely those of facilitating the delivery of the best free advice service in Scotland, while at the same time using the evidence gained by Scottish CAB network to exercise a positive influence on public policy in Scotland.

    This we have done against the background of a continuing economic crisis and national changes in welfare and consumer policy that meant our service faces greater demand than ever before. Our annual report presents a brief picture of the work we have done in 2013/14.

  19. Rob Gowans
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    December 2014

    Childcare in Scotland has moved up the political agenda in recent years with the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 extending the amount of free early education available for three and four year olds as well as looked-after two year olds, those in kinship care and those from workless households, from 475 to 600 hours per year.

  20. Commission on Housing & Wellbeing
    Rob Gowans, Kate Morrison, Fraser Stewart and Fraser Sutherland
    Publication date:
    November 2014

    CAS contributed evidence to the independent Commission on Housing & Wellbeing's wide-ranging consultation on how housing can promote a society in which everyone can flourish.

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