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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. 19 Mar 2018

    Kinship carers will be able to access more support and information thanks to a newly expanded advice service, launched this week by Citizens Advice Scotland.

  2. 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

  3. 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.


  1. Digital access for consumers only using smartphones to access the internet
    Adam Milne & Keith Dryburgh

    Publication date: August 2018


    Some people can only access the internet through their smartphone. When CAS surveyed clients, we found that this was the case for more than 1 in 10 respondents - 20% of all respondents who said they used the internet at all.

     This report looks in more detail at these consumers, analysing their characteristics and assessing their digital access and skills.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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