27 Feb 2017
After hearing from over 500 organisations and individuals about what should be done when Scotland gains new powers over social security benefits – including CAS’ substantial submission based on CAB evidence – the Scottish Government last week gave the clearest indication yet on what they plan to do when they gain control over the benefits, and how the new social security system might look. This includes new details about the shape of the new system as well as announcements on issues that CAB clients and advisers told us are top priorities for change.
23 Feb 2017
Citizens Advice Scotland has welcomed the Scottish Government’s statement on the newly devolved Social Security system.
13 Feb 2017
On Wednesday 8th February, Frank Mosson, manager of Bridgeton Citizens Advice Bureaux gave evidence to the Scottish Affairs Committee in Westminster on the proposed Glasgow Jobcentre closures.
10 Feb 2017
Citizens Advice Scotland has welcomed the publication of the Scottish Government’s Child Poverty Bill, but has called on the government to set specific and achievable targets.
26 Jan 2017
Citizens Advice Scotland has said the UK government's announcement of more Jobcentre closures will hurt low-income families.
18 Jan 2017
As part of the funding to support bureaux in mitigating the impact of social security changes, we have worked with bureaux and commissioned research to understand the drivers of successful partnerships. This is an invitation to attend a workshop that explores this in more detail.
23 Nov 2016
Citizens Advice Scotland has given its initial
response to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, saying it brings mixed news for
vulnerable families in Scotland.
28 Oct 2016
Citizens Advice Scotland has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the use of the new social security powers being devolved to Scotland.
27 Oct 2016
Scotland’s Citizens Advice service gave 1 million pieces of advice last year, helping over 310,000 individuals – equivalent to over 1 in every 14 adults.
The service also put a total of £120m into the pockets of Scottish citizens, though improving their financial health by helping them to access benefits entitlements and manage debt effectively. This helped some to avoid crisis situations like poverty, debt and homelessness.
4 Oct 2016
Citizens Advice Scotland has welcomed the UK government’s decision to end re-assessments for long-term sick claimants of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
26 Jul 2016
Figures released by the Scottish Government today show that over 200,000 households have received emergency grants from the Scottish Welfare Fund in the last three years.
Susan McPhee, Head of Policy & Public Affairs at Citizens Advice Scotland, says:
13 Jul 2016
Author: Rhiannon Sims, CAS Policy Officer
On the day Britain welcomes its new Prime Minister, Citizens Advice Scotland has published new evidence exposing the experiences of those in poverty and destitution in Scotland.
13 Jul 2016
On the day Britain welcomes its new Prime Minister, Citizens Advice Scotland has published new evidence exposing the levels of poverty and destitution in Scotland.
7 Jun 2016
Author - Rob Gowans, CAS Policy Officer
It’s been a long wait for Universal Credit to arrive. Much has been written about its delayed arrival, IT gremlins and various projections about winners and losers from the new system. Finally, with Universal Credit now live across Scotland, we’re able to see how it works for people who claim it – and there’s a number of practical challenges that need to be addressed.
7 Jun 2016
The UK Government’s much-heralded change to the social security system contains a number of inherent flaws which are causing serious problems for people in need, according to a detailed new report from Citizens Advice Scotland.
27 May 2016
A third of CAB clients find themselves digitally excluded, according to new research.
27 Apr 2016
Author - Rhiannon Sims, Policy Officer
Today, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published the first comprehensive study into destitution in the UK and has revealed that 1.25 million people, including over 300,000 children, were destitute in 2015. These figures are an alarming warning that more needs to be done to prevent people from experiencing periods of no income, and to provide adequate support when people are faced with a crisis.
14 Mar 2016
The following changes to PIP were cancelled on 21st March after being announced by the UK Govt as part of the 2016 Budget.
Stephen Crabb, the new Work and Pensions Secretary confirmed cancellation of the changes on Tuesday.
10 Dec 2015
Holyrood Must Use New Powers To Create Fairer Welfare System
Over a third of benefit claimants surveyed by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) in the last few months say they are ‘unable to get by’ on the income they receive, and regularly need the help of family, friends or foodbanks.
The figures are published today (Thursday) as CAS sets out its vision of how Scotland’s new social security system should work, after the devolution of significant new powers through the Scotland Bill.
25 Nov 2015
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced the UK Government’s Spending Review and Autumn Statement. It contains a number of changes to social security benefits. As has been widely reported, previously announced cuts to tax credits have been reversed (although not in their entirety), but the equivalent changes in Universal Credit remain. The Chancellor also announced changes to Housing Benefit, JSA and ESA.