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  1. Ruth Mendel
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    April 2019

    Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) welcomes the opportunity to respond to this consultation on making Scotland a Good Food Nation.

  2. Eilidh McIvor
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    April 2019

    Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Social Security Advisory Committee's call for evidence on the Universal Credit Claimant Commitment.

  3. Scottish Government consultation
    Rob Gowans
    Publication date:
    April 2019

    Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) welcomes the introduction of the Job Grant, which will provide much-needed support to young people who have been unemployed for six months or more as they start in a job.

  4. A guide to common issues and how to resolve them
    Peter Kirwan, Citizens Advice Bureau, Haddington
    Publication date:
    April 2019

    A guide to helping people to overcome barriers to digital access.

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    March 2019

    People can be vulnerable at different stages in our lives.  When we are, we are likely to need water, light and heat more than ever. In this country we  are entitled to receive extra help, such as receiving additional support during a power cut. However receiving this support relies on people being registered for it.

    In 2018, CAS commissioned Ipsos MORI Scotland to investigate the experiences and perspectives of Scottish consumers in vulnerable situations with regard to additional support provided by essential service providers, and how could the customer experience and process of registering across sectors for additional forms of support be improved. 

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  6. Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee inquiry
    Rob Gowans
    Publication date:
    March 2019

    Advice provided by Scotland’s CAB network in relation to rent arrears has grown by over 40% since 2012, whilst debt-related issues experienced by CAB clients in Scotland have steadily declined over the same period. Given this long-term change, investigating the cause and consequences of rent arrears for CAB clients has been a policy priority for CAS.

  7. Derek Young
    Publication date:
    March 2019

    CAS has responded to the FCA's consultation on Buy Now Pay Later offers.

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  8. Mike Holmyard
    Publication date:
    March 2019

    Citizens Advice Scotland has responded to Citizens Advice Scotland has responded to the FCA's CP18/42: High-Cost Credit Review: Overdrafts consultation.

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  9. Jamie Stewart
    Publication date:
    March 2019

    Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) uses research and evidence to put consumers at the heart of policy and regulation in the energy, post and water sectors in Scotland. CAS is the Scottish consumer advocate on energy network issues and work closely with Citizens Advice England and Wales in this area. 

  10. Citizens Advice Scotland
    Publication date:
    February 2019

    A summary of evidence gathered by the Citizens Advice network in Scotland about their work.

  11. Eilidh McIvor
    Publication date:
    February 2019

    CAS has responded to the Work and Pensions Committee's inquiry into natural migration from legacy benefits to Universal Credit.

  12. Rebecca Millar
    Publication date:
    February 2019

    Citizens Advice Scotland has responded to SEPA’s draft water supply and wastewater sector plan.

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  13. Citizens Advice Scotland
    Publication date:
    February 2019

    This is the Annual Report for Citizens Advice Scotland for the 2017-18 financial year.

  14. Jamie Stewart
    Publication date:
    February 2019

    Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) uses research and evidence to put consumers at the heart of policy and regulation in the energy, post and water sectors in Scotland. We work with government, regulators and business to put consumers first, designing policy and practice around their needs and aspirations.

    CAS is the Scottish consumer advocate on energy network issues. Although separate organisations, we work closely with Citizens Advice England and Wales in this area. Our response below focuses on Scottish specific points which we believe are important considerations for the TCR.


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  15. Evidence to the Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee
    Rob Gowans
    Publication date:
    January 2019

    The Social Security Charter has the potential to improve the experience of using the social security system for people who need support from it. CAS broadly welcomes the content of the draft Charter. It is essential that these commitments are embedded into the system in practice, and go beyond ‘words on a page’.

  16. Mike Holmyard
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    January 2019

    CAS has responded to the Accountant in Bankruptcy's building a better debt arrangement scheme consultation

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  17. Ruth Mendel
    Publication date:
    January 2019

    CAS responded to a Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) consultation to support their proposed cap on rent-to-own stores, e.g. Brighthouse.

     

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  18. Marcus Wilson
    Publication date:
    January 2019

    CAS responded to the UK Parliament's Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee energy efficiency inquiry.

  19. Ruth Mendel
    Publication date:
    January 2019

    CAS responded to the CMA's Funeral Market consultation. 

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  20. A report for Citizens Advice Scotland by Sarah O'Neill Consulting
    Sarah O'Neill
    Publication date:
    December 2018

    Sarah O’Neill Consulting was commissioned by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) to carry out research into the role of the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) service within the legal advice/access to justice landscape in Scotland.

    The purpose of the research was to describe and explore:
    > the nature and extent of the role of the CAB service in Scotland within the legal advice/legal services landscape, in dealing with and resolving people’s civil justice problems.
    > the quality assurance arrangements which are in place for the training and regulation/accreditation of CAB advisers and court/tribunal representatives.
    > the benefits which the work done by the CAB service in Scotland brings in terms of both the wider public interest and for consumers, including a focus on early resolution/ prevention of escalation of problems.

    The report found that the CAB service in Scotland plays a key role within the access to justice landscape, at all stages of a client’s ‘journey’. Hundreds of thousands of people who experience civil justice problems are reliant on its services to obtain access to justice. Bureaux provide vital support to clients who are often vulnerable, and who would find it difficult to access the same level of advice and support elsewhere. The entire justice system is therefore heavily dependent on the services which they offer.

    In the words of one bureau manager: ‘if we didn’t exist, I think you would need to invent us’.

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