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  1. Energy networks in Scotland and their changing role with consumers
    Jamie Stewart
    Publication date:
    August 2018

    Today Citizens Advice Scotland is publishing our latest report ‘Pylons, Pipes and People: Energy networks in Scotland and their changing role with consumers’.

    In late 2017 we commissioned the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) and Changeworks to undertake a research study into the energy distribution network companies operating in Scotland. This study’s particular focus was to explore how these companies currently support consumers and how their role in Scotland can and should change to ensure that consumers, and particularly vulnerable consumers, are most effectively supported as our energy system transforms.

  2. Publication date:
    June 2018

    This report contains the findings from research on Consumer Confidence and Understanding, conducted by Ipsos MORI, on behalf of Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS).

    The research comprised a survey of 1,004 consumers in Scotland (aged 16 and over), carried out between 7 and 20 March 2016. The specific issues covered were: experience of consumer problems and complaints; awareness and expectations of consumer organisations; awareness and perceptions of CAS; and experiences of using CAS services.

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  3. A summary of evidence gathered by Citizens Advice Bureau about their work.
    CAS Research Team
    Publication date:
    November 2017

    During 2016-17 Citizens Advice Bureaux supported almost 275,000 clients across Scotland with over 930,000 advice needs, none of which could have been achieved without the almost 2,400 volunteers and 938 paid staff.  If standard opening hours are used as a benchmark, that would imply that one advice query is dealt with every 19 seconds!  

    The 'Advice in Scotland 2016-17' report provides all the detail, while the briefing paper covers the highlights.

  4. Publication date:
    September 2017

    Briefing on % split of paid staff to volunteers; types of services provided to compliment the generalist service; client financial gain and funding; how clients contacted CAB and the work undertaken by CAB in addition to giving advice

  5. CAS Information Team
    Publication date:
    April 2017

    This fact sheet tells you about ending a relationship when you've been living together. It includes guidance for what to think about and the practical steps you need to take. If you need it, you can get more advice from your local CAB.

  6. CAS Information Team
    Publication date:
    April 2017

    This fact sheet tells you about ending a civil partnership in Scotland. It includes guidance for what to think about and the practical steps you need to take. If you need it, you can get more advice from your local CAB. 

    You can also download fact sheets about getting divorced in Scotland and ending a relationship when you've been living together.

  7. CAS Information Team
    Publication date:
    April 2017

    This fact sheet tells you about divorce in Scotland. It includes guidance for what to think about and the practical steps you need to take. If you need it, you can get more advice from your local CAB.

  8. A summary of evidence gathered by Citizens Advice Bureau about their work
    CAS Research Team
    Publication date:
    February 2017

    During 2015/16 Citizens Advice Bureaux supported over 260,000 clients across Scotland with over 910,000 advice needs, none of which could have been achieved without the almost 2,400 volunteers and 1,000 paid staff.  If standard opening hours are used as a benchmark, that would imply that one advice query is dealt with every 19 seconds!  

    The 'Advice in Scotland 2015-16' report provides all the detail, while the briefing paper covers the highlights.

  9. Edition 4: Client Advice Profile 2015
    CAS Research Team
    Publication date:
    February 2017

    Each November, an annual drive to collect profile information on all clients approaching Bureaux for advice - this report covers some of the findings from the 2015 exercise.

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    May 2016

    CAS response to Scottish Government response to the Report of Working Group on Consumer and Competition Policy for Scotland.

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  11. Claire Williams
    Publication date:
    November 2015

    This report highlights the positive impact that the advice service is making on members of the Armed Forces community in Scotland while also identifying areas of difficulty, including income, employment and housing.

  12. House of Commons Public Bill Committee
    Rob Gowans
    Publication date:
    October 2015

    Citizens Advice Scotland recommends that the Bill is amended to remove Sections 7 to 15 (Welfare benefits) and Sections 16 to 18 (Loans for mortgage interest). We are extremely concerned that the proposals would have a detrimental impact on CAB clients who have already been negatively affected by changes to the social security system in the last Parliament. These negative consequences include a rise in rent arrears; pressure on homeless services; and an increase in the number of people who are unable to make ends meet, who accrue priority debt or who require a referral to a food bank.

  13. A Citizens Advice Scotland guide to neighbour problems
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    September 2015
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  14. Publication date:
    June 2015

    This Briefing was sent to Scottish MPs ahead of the debate on Clause 33 of the Scotland Bill which deals with the devolution of tribunals including the Employment Tribunal and Welfare tribunals.

  15. The example of the Citizens Advice Service in Scotland
    The Fraser of Allander Institute
    Publication date:
    November 2014

    A new report from the respected Fraser of Allander Institute highlights that Citizens Advice Bureaux across Scotland contributed a total benefit to the common good in Scotland of £168.7 million in the financial year 2013/14

  16. Citizens Advice Scotland
    Publication date:
    October 2014

    Fairness, Equality, Responsiveness: Citizens Advice Scotland’s Submission to The Smith Commission was submitted in October 2014.

  17. The Newsletter of Citizens Advice Scotland
    Tony Hutson and Greg Black
    Publication date:
    August 2014

    The summer 2014 Newsletter of Citizens Advice Scotland looks at the transfer of Consumer Futures, the Armed Services Advice Project and the #ChallengeIt campaign, amongst many other things.

  18. Publication date:
    July 2014

    The UK Statement of principles is designed to assist retailers in their policies on the delivery of goods purchased over the internet by individual consumers. It sets out best practice principles as to how retailers can ensure their delivery services meet the needs of their customers. 

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  19. JC
    Publication date:
    February 2013

    A short briefing on the work of the citizens advice service in Scotland.

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  20. Publication date:
    August 2012

    A leaflet explainig the role of a volunteer CAB adviser.

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