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Spotlight on: Young people

Growing up in a recession is not easy, with the nation’s economic performance impacting on every aspect of young peoples' lives.  In addition, young people are treated differently in comparison to other adults, including fundamental entitlements such as the right to vote, levels of pay and access to welfare benefit entitlements.

The Scottish CAB Service works to make young people aware of their rights and responsibilities, provides vital advice and information when it’s needed, and reflects their experiences to policymakers.


  1. 18 Jul 2017

    We keep an eye on issues in the media that may affect bureaux and citizens. In case you'd like to take a look, here's our latest weekly summary of stories we've been tracking across the past seven days and various newspapers

  2. 8 Jul 2015

    Citizens Advice Scotland have said the welfare cuts in today’s Budget will impact most sharply on those who are least able to cope, and that more people may be forced into poverty and foodbanks as a result.

  3. 1 Apr 2015

    Ayr Academy emerged victorious from this year’s Scottish Young Consumer Quiz Final, and will go on to represent Scotland in the UK final. The 2015 event, held at the Scottish Parliament, was the third Young Consumer competition in a row that Citizens Advice Scotland’s Community Action Team has supported. CAS CEO Margaret Lynch formally opened the competition, as well as handing out certificates and prizes to all participants at the end of proceedings.  


  1. Scottish Government consultation
    Rob Gowans

    Publication date: September 2016

    Citizens Advice Scotland agrees that the Scottish Government should
    include in statute an ambition to eradicate child poverty. It is equally important
    however that this ambition is backed up by clear strategies with specific,
    measurable and deliverable actions that are directly linked to reducing the
    levels of child poverty in Scotland.

  2. Fraser Sutherland

    Publication date: May 2014

    The number of Scots falling victim to financial rip-offs is increasing dramatically. A special helpline set up by CAS to deal solely with consumer issues saw a 14% increase last year in calls about scams.

  3. Evidence to Scottish Parliament Equal Opportunities Committee
    Rob Gowans

    Publication date: May 2014

    CAS submitted written evidence to the Equal Opportunities Committee's follow-up inquiry to their 'Having and Keeping a Home' report in 2012 which examined the causes of homelessness amongst young people and steps that could be taken to prevent it.

  4. Keith Dryburgh

    Publication date: December 2012

    As welfare changes begin to affect people across the country, Citizens Advice Scotland is producing briefings outlining their impact on people across Scotland in our Voices from the Frontline series. This briefing looks at the changes to Local Housing Allowance which significantly affected 4,400 claimants aged 25 to 35 across Scotland earlier in 2012.

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