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  1. CAS
    Publication date:
    February 2020
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  2. Water Policy Team
    Publication date:
    January 2020

    Citizens Advice Scotland is today publishing a new guide for how organisations can take the public with them when planning new building developments or other activities. Based on joint research carried out with Scottish Water and the Customer Forum, the CAS report captures the components of best practice community engagement, which we believe should be at the centre of organisations’ community engagement policy and practice.

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  3. Emma Ash
    Publication date:
    December 2019

    CAS welcomes the proposals for ECO3. The ECO scheme has helped deliver energy efficiency measures to vulnerable consumers in two other phases and we were pleased to see that BEIS and Ofgem are expanding consumer protections in this third iteration. In particular, we are pleased to see the incorporation of Trustmark into ECO3 to certify suppliers.  

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  4. Aoife Deery
    Publication date:
    December 2019

    Citizens Advice Scotland welcomes the opportunity to respond to this consultation. It is important that we recognise the role that all bodies and sectors have to play in achieving the new and ambitious climate change targets that were passed in the Climate Change Bill in September 2019. 


    It is, however, imperative that the Scottish Government properly supports public bodies to meet any new duties or roles. It is important that public bodies are able to continue to provide the same (or higher) standard of service to citizens without inadvertently or intentionally passing on the cost of achieving emissions reductions to the very citizens they are trying to support.

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  5. Publication date:
    December 2019

    This policy report summarises findings and recommendations from our research into the complaints process for post and parcel companies. 

    CAS commissioned interviews with a number of delivery companies, and found that many are falling behind the Universal Service Provider Royal Mail when it comes to consumer complaints procedures.

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  6. Aoife Deery
    Publication date:
    December 2019

    In this response, Citizens Advice Scotland lays out our support of the broad aims of the principles within the policy statement, but urge that much more must be done to strengthen consumer protection and ensure that communities are involved in the process in an inclusive, sustainable way that meets their needs. 

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  7. A proposed guide for phone, broadband and pay-TV providers
    Kyle Scott
    Publication date:
    November 2019

    Citizens Advice Scotland has called for phone, broadband and pay-TV providers to recognise that vulnerable consumers need extra support in accessing these services.

    In a response to a consultation by Ofcom which is seeking to provide guidance to providers on treatment of vulnerable consumers, CAS calls for an inclusive approach which widens the definition of vulnerability to include rurality, and which recognises that consumers can be vulnerable at different times in their lives.

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  8. Citizens Advice Scotland
    Publication date:
    October 2019

    Prices changes during the next regulatory period 2021 – 2027 may have a bearing on paying customers, particularly those on low income. CAS recently conducted research using Fraser of Allander Institute to understand how potential price change scenarios may affect aspects of affordability. Research sought to identify what proportion of Scottish households would be likely to spend more than 3% of income on water and sewerage under four charge scenarios between 2021/22 and 2027/28 (2%, 2.5%, 3% and 3.5%).

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  9. Jamie Stewart
    Publication date:
    August 2019

    The Markets and Systems policy team at Citizens Advice Scotland puts consumers at the heart of policy and regulation in the energy, post and water sectors in Scotland. We work with governments, regulators and business to put consumers first, designing policy and practice around their needs.

    Our advocacy work is evidence led and we use a combination of independent research and evidence from the Citizens Advice Network in Scotland to speak up for consumers.  

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  10. Mike Holmyard
    Publication date:
    August 2019

    CAS has responded to the Financial Ombudsman Service's consultation on its future funding. 

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  11. June 2019
    Emma Grant McColm
    Publication date:
    June 2019

    This is CAS's response to the Scottish Government's consultation on the Energy Efficient Scotland programme.

    Energy Efficient Scotland (EES) is an ambitious Scottish Government programme which aims to improve the energy efficiency of Scotland’s housing stock over the next 20 years in a bid to reduce carbon emissions and fuel poverty. One of the proposed strands of the programme is the regulation of minimum standards of energy efficiency in both rented and owner occupied domestic properties. This would take the form of mandatory Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) standards to be achieved by respective sectors by a target date. This consultation seeks views on whether the Scottish Government should bring forward the date for all owner occupied homes to be EPC Band C or above by 2030, where technically feasible and cost effective. It also seeks views on the implementation of regulations for the private rented sector.

    The accompanying research report summarises the results of an omnibus survey that we commissioned in March 2019. The aim was to: better understand levels of awareness about EPCs; what homeowners are currently doing, if anything, to upgrade the energy efficiency of their homes; what would motivate homeowners to install more energy efficiency measures; and how Scottish homeowners and renters feel about potential regulation of energy efficiency.

  12. June 2019
    Jamie Stewart
    Publication date:
    June 2019

    This is CAS's response to the Scottish Government's consultation on the future of low carbon heat for off-gas buildings.

  13. Jamie Stewart
    Publication date:
    June 2019

    This report details the energy issues advised on by the Citizens Advice network in Scotland in 2017-18.
    The data shows that of the three main strands of the network, the majority of energy-related advice
    in Scotland continues to be provided by Scottish Citizens Advice Bureaux, accounting for 92% of the advice provided
    in 2017-18.

    This reflects the complementary nature of the Citizens Advice network which in 2017-18 included:

    • Citizens Advice Bureaux which primarily provide advice on complex interrelated issues;
    • the Extra Help Unit undertakes specialist case work on behalf of vulnerable consumers, often in urgent need of assistance; and
    • the Citizens Advice Consumer Service has a statutory remit to deliver first tier advice.

    In 2017-18, a total of 41,233 energy issues were advised on across the whole Citizens Advice network in Scotland.

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  14. Ruth Mendel
    Publication date:
    May 2019

    CAS has responded to the Competition and Markets Authority's Funeral Market Statement of Issues consultation.

  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. Marcus Wilson
    Publication date:
    January 2019

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

  18. Ruth Mendel
    Publication date:
    January 2019

    CAS responded to the CMA's Funeral Market consultation. 

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  19. Findings from the Citizens Advice Scotland national survey on food affordability, access and availability
    Linda Hutton
    Publication date:
    December 2018

    The Citizens Advice Network sought to better understand the day-to-day realities that people in Scotland face when bringing food to the table. In order to achieve this, a survey was launched via both Citizens Advice Bureaux and media platforms (social and traditional). Ultimately, over 2,650 people living in Scotland took the time to complete the survey.

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  20. Ruth Mendel
    Publication date:
    November 2018

    Citizens Advice Scotland responded to the Scottish Government consultation on Draft Statutory Guidance on Funeral Costs.

     

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