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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.
26 Mar 2020
Citizens Advice Scotland has welcomed the announcement of measures to help self-employed workers through the COVID19 crisis.
19 Mar 2020
Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, outlining a series of emergency measures the Treasury could take to protect household incomes during the Coronavirus crisis.
18 Mar 2020
A coalition of anti-poverty charities is today calling for a significant boost to the Scottish Welfare Fund.
CAS supports principles of single enforcement body but warns it must be adequately resourced and resist centralisation
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].
CAS calls for better notice of shifts and shift cancellation
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.
Low Pay Commission consultation
Publication date: June 2019
Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) welcomes the opportunity to respond to the consultation. In 2017-18, Scotland’s CAB network advised clients on a total of 47,254 issues related to employment. Of those, the largest proportion related to Pay and Entitlements (13,697), with Scottish CAB advising clients on 454 issues specifically related to the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage.
CAS responds to new Commission's call for evidence
Publication date: May 2019
The Scottish Government has established the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland to provide independent, informed advice on the creation of a 30-year infrastructure strategy to meet the country’s future economic growth and societal needs. To support this, the Commission issued a call for evidence.