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At a time when Scotland's people are in great need of high quality, free advice and information, the Scottish CAB Service is far from immune to the impact of cuts in government spending and reductions in the funds available from trusts, foundations and other organisations that support the provision of independent advice.  Frontline CAB offices are under particular pressure to meet expanding demand with limited - and often dwindling - resources.  

News

  1. 24 Sep 2020

    Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has responded to today’s announcement by the Chancellor of a Job Support Scheme will directly support the wages of people in work, giving businesses who face depressed winter demand the option of keeping employees in a job on shorter hours.

  2. 11 Sep 2020

    Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) is today calling for an extension of the furlough scheme as a new poll reveals 37 per cent of workers in Scotland are concerned about their job security over the next 12 months.

  3. 16 Jul 2020

    New figures from the Office of National Statistics, which show the jobless rate increasing, are matched by the trends seen by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS).

Publications

  1. Publication date: June 2020

    This submission addresses issues of low pay and employment practices.

  2. Rebecca King

    Publication date: May 2020

    CAS welcomes the opportunity to feed into the work of the Scottish Government's Advisory Group on Economic Recovery. Central to our view of how to stimulate economic growth post-COVID-19 is the principle of protecting household incomes and helping with the cost of living. 

  3. CAS supports principles of single enforcement body but warns it must be adequately resourced and resist centralisation
    Nina Ballantyne

    Publication date: January 2020

    Citizens Advice Bureaux across Scotland dealt with over 40,000 employment issues in 2018-19 alone, and recorded more than 300 detailed case studies related to employment. Employment advice is consistently one of our top five advice areas, and the advice categories “terms and conditions” and “pay and entitlements” are the most commonly recorded client inquiries. Between, 2016-17 and 2017-18, employment issues related to terms and conditions, and pay and entitlements grew slightly as a proportion of all employment issues we dealt with.  This Citizens Advice Scotland response is based on our previous research in this area and analysis of detailed case studies submitted by frontline advisers between April 2018 and September 2019[i].

  4. CAS calls for better notice of shifts and shift cancellation
    Nina Ballantyne

    Publication date: January 2020

    Citizens Advice Scotland is publishing its response to a UK Government "Good Work Plan" consultation. This consultation looked at unfair one-sided flexible working practices, where the employer expects the worker to be flexible and respond to shift changes with no or little notice, while not reciprocating. In this response, CAS provides examples of workers suffering detriment as a result of one-sided flexibility and makes recommendations to address this.

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