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  1. 10 Mar 2020

    Citizens Advice Scotland has responded to the new report by the Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Committee which finds that up to £20billion of means-tested benefits had been left unclaimed across the UK in 2016-17.

  2. 13 Jan 2020

    Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has responded to the Scottish Government's publication of the first statistics related to the recently-introduced Young Carer Grant.

  3. 29 Oct 2019

    Crisis grant applications to the Scottish Welfare Fund for basic essentials such as food and heating increased by 12% in the period April to June, compared to the same period last year – according to the latest figures from the Scottish Welfare Fund, published today (see link below).


  1. Scottish Commission on Social Security consultation
    Rob Gowans

    Publication date: January 2020

    Citizens Advice Scotland recommends the draft regulations are amended to change or clarify a number of areas to improve the social security support provided to disabled children and young people.

  2. Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee inquiry
    Rob Gowans and Nina Ballantyne

    Publication date: October 2019

    Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) welcomes the opportunity to provide evidence to the inquiry. In 2018-19, Scotland’s CAB network provided advice on 311,714 issues related to benefits, representing 44% of all advice given in that year. To further inform our submission, CAS surveyed 65 CAB advisers, representing a wide range of geographical areas, to gain their insight into issues surrounding benefit uptake.

  3. Scottish Affairs Committee inquiry
    Rob Gowans and Eilidh McIvor

    Publication date: August 2019

    CAS recognises that Universal Credit (UC) may be working well for some people. However, evidence from across the Scottish Citizens Advice network suggests that a significant number of people -who are often already vulnerable and/or marginalised- are experiencing hardship and detriment as a result of having to claim UC.

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