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  1. Scottish Parliament Local Government and Communities Communities Committee
    Rob Gowans
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    June 2017

    Though not the only driver of homelessness, the past five years have seen a large increase in the number of rent arrears issues dealt with by Scotland’s CAB network. CAS is commencing research to examine the causes and consequences of rent arrears for CAB clients, including those who become homeless as a result. This submission examines CAB data related to homelessness and rent arrears, as well as some of the causes of rent arrears that can lead to evictions and homelessness.

  2. Issues affecting flooded consumers and ability to access affordable insurance
    Fraser Sutherland
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    September 2016

    CAS undertook a detailed survey research of 178 households in Scotland, over two thirds of which live in a flood risk area based on SEPA analysis.

  3. Social Security Advisory Committee consultation
    Rob Gowans
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    February 2016

    Citizens Advice Scotland responded to a consultation on the UK Government's proposed changes to the length of time a person can be absent from Great Britain without losing entitlement to Housing Benefit and Pension Credit.

  4. A Citizens Advice Scotland guide to neighbour problems
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    September 2015
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  5. Fraser Sutherland
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    May 2015

    CAS respond to the Scottish Governments second consultation on a new tenancy for the private rented sector.

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  6. Commission on Housing & Wellbeing
    Rob Gowans, Kate Morrison, Fraser Stewart and Fraser Sutherland
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    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.

  7. Written evidence to the Scottish Parliament Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee
    Rob Gowans
    Publication date:
    August 2014

    CAS submitted written evidence to the Committee's inquiry on how local authorities are meeting their duties to people who may be homeless or threatened with homelessness since the abolition of the priority need test at the end of 2012.

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  8. Evidence to Scottish Parliament Equal Opportunities Committee
    Rob Gowans
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    May 2014

    CAS submitted written evidence to the Equal Opportunities Committee's follow-up inquiry to their 'Having and Keeping a Home' report in 2012 which examined the causes of homelessness amongst young people and steps that could be taken to prevent it.

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  9. Written Evidence from Citizens Advice Scotland
    Rob Gowans, Fraser Sutherland, Lauren Wood
    Publication date:
    March 2014

    The Housing (Scotland) Bill is proposed to make a number of changes to the law affecting both social and private rental housing. Based on the experiences of CAB clients, CAS submitted written evidence to the Scottish Parliament Committee examining the Bill.

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  10. Scottish Affairs Committee
    Keith Dryburgh
    Publication date:
    June 2013

    The UK Government’s changes to Housing Benefit have had a significant impact on claimants in Scotland. In this briefing, we have concentrated on the developing impact of the ‘bedroom tax’.

  11. Lauren Wood
    Publication date:
    April 2013

    The Scottish Government consulted in early 2013 on the possibility of achieving better dispute resolution in housing through introducing a Housing Tribunal.  The consultation sought views on the creation of such a forum and the extent to which a tribunal should have powers.  This is the CAS response.

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  12. Sarah Beattie-Smith
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    February 2013

    Citizens Advice Scotland welcomes the initiative from the Scottish branch of the Trading Standards Institute to address the problem of cold calling for the purposes of property maintenance and repairs.  This briefing uses the evidence from the Citizens Advice Consumer Service helpline to demonstrate the consumer detriment caused by such practices.

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  13. Publication date:
    May 2012

    Case evidence from citizens advice bureaux show that many clients have been asked to pay premiums by letting agents. These charges can have a significant impact on the individual’s finances and can put their tenancy at risk.

  14. Scottish Parliament Debate
    Keith Dryburgh
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    April 2012

    In 2003, the Scottish Parliament passed legislation stating that everyone who is homeless will have a right to a home by 2012. In practice, this means ending the system of assessing people as 'priority' or 'non-priority' homeless and giving entitlement to permanent accommodation for all those who are unintentionally homeless. Local authorities will have a duty to house all those who are found to be homeless from January 2013 and to provide the same level of service to all homeless people.

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  15. Keith Dryburgh
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    April 2012

    In 2003, the Scottish Parliament passed legislation stating that everyone who is homeless will have a right to a home by 2012. Local authorities will have a duty to house all those who are found to be homeless from January 2013 and to provide the same level of service to all homeless people. Evidence from citizens advice bureaux shows a mixed picture of progress, with some homelessness services struggling to meet the commitment alongside the effects of the recession and funding difficulties.

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  16. Publication date:
    September 2011

    This briefing from our series on the problems facing young people in Scotland looks at housing issues.

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  17. Keith Dryburgh
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    March 2011

    This report is a detailed look at the housing issues that clients bring to the Scottish CAB Service.

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  18. Matt Lancashire
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    October 2010

    CAS submitted a briefing for the Work & Pensions Committee for their evidence session taking place the 20th October, on the changes to Housing Benefit announced in the June 2010 budget. The evidence based briefing presents the Scottish perspective on the proposed changes.

  19. Abigail Westwood
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    January 2010

    Stage Two Debate Briefing for Politicians on the Home Owner & Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill.

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  20. Keith Dryburgh
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    November 2009

    Consultation response considering how to improve access to the Debt Arrangement Scheme.

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