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Spotlight on: Social Security Scotland
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.
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.
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).
Scottish Commission on Social Security consultation
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.
Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee inquiry
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.
Scottish Affairs Committee inquiry
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.