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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. Scottish Government consultation
    Rob Gowans

    Publication date: April 2019

    Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) welcomes the introduction of the Job Grant, which will provide much-needed support to young people who have been unemployed for six months or more as they start in a job.

  2. Scottish Government consultation
    Rob Gowans

    Publication date: December 2018

    Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) supports the introduction of the Young Carer Grant, which is the first entirely new benefit to be created under powers devolved in the Scotland Act 2016. Young carers in full-time education currently are ineligible for support from Carer’s Allowance, but as is recognised from evidence in the consultation document, they face a range of issues as a result of their caring role at a critical time of transition in their lives.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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