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  1. Gael Scott
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    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
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    March 2015
  3. Implementing the Smith Agreement: Civil protections and advice
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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. Rhiannon Sims and Keith Dryburgh
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    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. 

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Kate Morrison
    Publication date:
    November 2014

    CAS has submitted a response to the Scottish Government's draft Community Energy Policy Statement for public consultation.

    CAS welcomes the potential benefits of community energy and recommend that the Scottish Government applies key consumer principles, which are outlined in our response, to ensure that the benefits of community energy projects are consistent and accessible.

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  19. Robert McGeachy
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    November 2014

    CAS has submitted a response to the EU’s consultation on policy options to optimise water reuse in the EU. CAS’s response highlights the need to combine regulatory and non-regulatory measures in order to increase levels of water reuse across the EU, including action to raise awareness about the benefits of water reuse.

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  20. Consultation on Tackling Avoidance from Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
    Rob Gowans
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    November 2014

    Based on evidence from bureaux, CAS has consistently raised concerns over misuse of zero hours contracts by employers. The UK Government proposes to ban exclusivity clause in zero hours contracts as part of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, and consulted on how avoidance of the ban could be tackled.

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