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  1. Publication date:
    January 2020

    The Scottish Campaign on Rights to Social Security (SCoRSS) is a coalition of organisations who advocate for a reformed social security system that reflects the five principles set out in our Principles for Change. SCoRSS (previously the Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform) encompasses over 40 organisations from key third sector organisations, charities, faith groups, and unions. 

  2. Scottish Commission on Social Security consultation
    Rob Gowans
    Publication date:
    January 2020

    Citizens Advice Scotland recommends the draft regulations are amended to change or clarify a number of areas to improve the social security support provided to disabled children and young people.

  3. CAS briefing for MPs
    Debbie Horne
    Publication date:
    January 2020

    Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) believes the Universal Credit (UC) system must change if the benefit is to work for all citizens across Scotland, and the rest of the UK. By ‘work’ CAS means the UC system should not cause financial destitution or debt, should be accessible to everyone and should support people who are in work.

  4. Social Security Advisory Committee consultation
    Rob Gowans
    Publication date:
    December 2019

    Citizens Advice Scotland welcomes the opportunity to respond to the consultation. Advice on disability benefits and mobility are among the most common areas of advice provided by Scotland’s CAB network. In 2018-19, Scottish CAB provided advice to clients on 47,133 issues related to the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP), and 5,050 related to the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) mobility element.

  5. Scottish Parliament debate
    Debbie Horne
    Publication date:
    November 2019

    Since the roll out of Universal Credit (UC) began, CAS has repeatedly raised concerns about fundamental elements of the design and delivery of the UC system.

    Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB) data, including Citizen Alerts (cases from local CAB), have shown the key problem elements of UC to be; the five week wait for first payment, the digital by default system, direct deductions from payments and increasing rent arrears caused by the cycle of payment in arrears.

  6. Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee inquiry
    Rob Gowans and Nina Ballantyne
    Publication date:
    October 2019

    Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) welcomes the opportunity to provide evidence to the inquiry. In 2018-19, Scotland’s CAB network provided advice on 311,714 issues related to benefits, representing 44% of all advice given in that year. To further inform our submission, CAS surveyed 65 CAB advisers, representing a wide range of geographical areas, to gain their insight into issues surrounding benefit uptake.

  7. Eilidh McIvor
    Publication date:
    September 2019

    Our series of briefings, 'Voices from the Frontline', demonstrates the impact of changes to the UK social security system on people in Scotland. This latest briefing considers the impact of the five-week wait for a first payment for Universal Credit. 

  8. Scottish Affairs Committee inquiry
    Rob Gowans and Eilidh McIvor
    Publication date:
    August 2019

    CAS recognises that Universal Credit (UC) may be working well for some people. However, evidence from across the Scottish Citizens Advice network suggests that a significant number of people -who are often already vulnerable and/or marginalised- are experiencing hardship and detriment as a result of having to claim UC.

  9. Eilidh McIvor & Derek Young
    Publication date:
    June 2019

    Briefing prepared for all Scottish MPs ahead of a Westminster Hall debate on Universal Credit and debt.

  10. Scottish Government consultation
    Rob Gowans
    Publication date:
    May 2019

    Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) supports the Scottish Government's ‘safe and secure transition’ approach, but would like to see commitments to a number of short and long-term improvements to Disability Assistance, once it replaces PIP, Attendance Allowance and DLA.

  11. Eilidh McIvor
    Publication date:
    May 2019

    Our series of briefings, 'Voices from the Frontline', demonstrates the impact of changes to the UK social security system on people in Scotland. This latest briefing considers the barriers to maintaining Universal Credit claims online.

  12. Eilidh McIvor
    Publication date:
    April 2019

    CAS welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Work and Pensions Committee's on-going inquiry into Universal Credit.

  13. Scottish Parliament debate
    Rob Gowans
    Publication date:
    April 2019

    Citizens Advice Scotland has consistently raised a substantial number of issues associated with the rollout of Universal Credit that have caused stress, detriment or hardship to CAB clients. The rising level of in-work poverty during the last five years has also been a concern for CAS. 

  14. Eilidh McIvor
    Publication date:
    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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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’.

  19. Scottish Government consultation
    Rob Gowans
    Publication date:
    December 2018

    Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) supports the introduction of the Young Carer Grant, which is the first entirely new benefit to be created under powers devolved in the Scotland Act 2016. Young carers in full-time education currently are ineligible for support from Carer’s Allowance, but as is recognised from evidence in the consultation document, they face a range of issues as a result of their caring role at a critical time of transition in their lives.

  20. Scottish Parliament debate
    Rob Gowans
    Publication date:
    November 2018

    Based on CAB evidence, CAS highlighted three main areas of concern to MSPs ahead of the debate - Halt and Fix Universal Credit, rent arrears and social security, and the overall impact of the welfare reform programme since 2010.

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