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Spotlight on: Social Security Scotland

News

  1. 19 Aug 2020

    by Rob Gowans, CAS senior policy officer.

    This article was first published in the Herald on 19 August 2020.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Publications

  1. Response to Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee inquiry
    Rob Gowans

    Publication date: September 2020

    Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) welcomes the opportunity to comment on the draft regulations. CAS warmly welcomes the introduction of the Scottish Child Payment (SCP), which is an excellent example of imaginative use of Scotland’s devolved social security powers to provide much-needed support to Scotland’s citizens. Scotland’s CAB network regularly advises clients who have required crisis support from the Scottish Welfare Fund or food banks due to their social security entitlements not being adequate to pay for essential costs. The Scottish Child Payment promises to be an effective tool for reducing child poverty in Scotland.

  2. Stage 2 consideration briefing
    Rob Gowans

    Publication date: September 2020

    Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) welcomes the Bill, which provides an opportunity to make minor amendments to address issues which have been identified since the passage of the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018, including making provision for the introduction of the Scottish Child Payment. CAS welcomes the amendments brought at Stage 2, which cover a number of further areas which CAS and others identified in evidence at Stage 1.

  3. Scottish Campaign on Rights to Social Security Report

    Publication date: August 2020

    A fundamental review of disability assistance in Scotland must be initiated by the Scottish Government during the next parliament, according to a coalition of organisations campaigning for a long-term improvements to social security for disabled people. 

    Following the devolution of powers over disability and ill-health benefits to the Scottish Government, the Scottish Campaign on Rights to Social Security, has launched its long-term vision for disability assistance in Scotland. 

  4. Scottish Commission on Social Security consultation
    Rob Gowans and Alastair Wilcox

    Publication date: June 2020

    Citizens Advice Scotland welcomes the moves to extend Winter Heating Assistance in the challenging context of COVID19 which has resulted in delays to wider measures on disability assistance.  We recommend the draft regulations are amended to better meet the policy intention and add clarity in a number of areas.

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