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Spotlight on: Housing
As economic conditions and benefit changes affect household income, independent advice can be key to keeping people in their home.
1 Sep 2020
Citizens Advice Scotland has welcomed support for renters and longer-term housing changes announced by the First Minister in today's Programme for Government, but is awaiting more detail.
12 Aug 2020
Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has welcomed the Scottish Government's proposal to extend emergency housing powers to help prevent eviction as a result of rent arrears occurring due to COVID-19.
15 Jul 2020
by Nina Ballantyne, CAS Social Justice policy manager.
This article was first published in the Herald on 15 July 2020.
Publication date: August 2019
CAS is pleased to respond to the consultation on the proposed Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill. This Bill aims to protect private sector tenants by limiting rent increases and by increasing the availability of information about rent levels across Scotland.
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.
Publication date: April 2019
CAS welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Scottish Government’s consultation on local connection and intentionality. In 2017/2018, CAB advised on 9,700 issues relating to homelessness. 2,189 of these issues were related to homeless assessments, processes and procedures, including the local connection and intentionality rules.
Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee inquiry
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.