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CAS believes that aspects of UK welfare changes will be damaging to Scotland’s people, services, and economy. 

Welfare reform, public service cuts, and the economic climate are combining to place enormous pressure on public services and advice services. On top of this, reductions in benefit levels and eligibility will inevitably drive demand for advice provision at the same time as cuts are being felt across the public and voluntary sectors. Local government and voluntary services may have to pick up the pieces for those affected by welfare reform – all on a shrinking budget.

As client issues with welfare also create problems in many other areas of life including debt, housing, consumer and relationship issues, we expect welfare reform changes to put exceptional pressure on advice services and other areas of the third sector across the country. Early intervention, such as good advice, ultimately saves money – debt and welfare advice is significantly cheaper than homelessness and bankruptcy, and the social outcomes for clients are far better. Local authorities, the Scottish CAB Service and other organisations across the third and public sectors have a shared agenda in helping local people avoid crisis point and are increasingly working in partnership to achieve positive outcomes for the people and communities of Scotland.

News

  1. 18 Oct 2019

    Citizens Advice Scotland has responded to new figures from the Department of Work & Pensions showing that the number of Universal Credit claimants in Scotland is now almost 222,000.

  2. 19 Sep 2019

    Citizens Advice Scotland has today (Thursday) called for the UK government to end the 5-week wait for Universal Credit, which it claims is pushing many Scots into poverty.

  3. 10 Sep 2019

    Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has voiced concerns that around 9,000 fewer households in Scotland claimed Council Tax Reduction (CTR) in the past year.

Publications

  1. Eilidh McIvor

    Publication date: September 2019

    Our series of briefings, 'Voices from the Frontline', demonstrates the impact of changes to the UK social security system on people in Scotland. This latest briefing considers the impact of the five-week wait for a first payment for Universal Credit. 

  2. Eilidh McIvor & Derek Young

    Publication date: June 2019

    Briefing prepared for all Scottish MPs ahead of a Westminster Hall debate on Universal Credit and debt.

  3. Scottish Government consultation
    Rob Gowans

    Publication date: May 2019

    Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) supports the Scottish Government's ‘safe and secure transition’ approach, but would like to see commitments to a number of short and long-term improvements to Disability Assistance, once it replaces PIP, Attendance Allowance and DLA.

  4. Eilidh McIvor

    Publication date: May 2019

    Our series of briefings, 'Voices from the Frontline', demonstrates the impact of changes to the UK social security system on people in Scotland. This latest briefing considers the barriers to maintaining Universal Credit claims online.

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