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  1. Barriers Facing Scotland's Rural Consumers
    Fraser Sutherland
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    September 2015

    This report looks at the advice given by the Citizens Advice Service in Scotland by geography and looks to highlight particular consumer markets where people in rural areas are more likely to face issues than those in urban Scotland.

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  2. A Citizens Advice Scotland guide to neighbour problems
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    September 2015
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  3. Progress on parcel deliveries in Scotland 2012-2015
    David Moyes & Kate Morrison
    Publication date:
    September 2015

    The latest in a series of reports into problems faced by consumers in Scotland when shopping online, this reports charts the progress of delivery charges from 2012-2015.

  4. CAS response
    Robert McGeachy
    Publication date:
    September 2015

    Citizen Advice Scotland's response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Private and Public Water Supplies (Miscellaneous Amendments)(Scotland) Regulations 2015.

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  5. CAS Response
    Rhiannon Sims
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    September 2015

    Poor administration of benefits can leave some of the most vulnerable people in society without any money to live on for weeks at a time. CAS has extensive case evidence which suggests that a gap in benefits has a detrimental effect on both physical and mental health, and can lead to crisis situations such as homelessness and unmanageable debt. The Scottish CAB Service has seen a dramatic rise in the number of clients in crisis having to access charitable support such as food banks. 

  6. CAS consultation response
    Keith Dryburgh and Sarah Beattie-Smith
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    September 2015

    CAS have responded to a Scottish Affairs Committee consultation on what their work should be during this parliament.

  7. CAS consultation response
    Fraser Sutherland, Keith Dryburgh and Rob Gowans
    Publication date:
    September 2015

    CAS has responded to the Scottish Parliament Welfare Reform Committee consultation on the future delivery of social security in Scotland.

  8. Gael Scott
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    August 2015

    CAS has recently submitted a response to the Scottish Government's latest consultation on arrangements for the permanent Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF). This response is based on evidence from bureaux on how the interim SWF has been working for clients so far.

  9. Cambium Advocacy
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    August 2015

    This research report, part of our ‘Paying the Poverty Premium’ series, was designed to investigate Scottish CAB clients’ experiences of the “poverty premium”.

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  10. CAS submission to the Scottish Parliament Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
    Rob Gowans
    Publication date:
    August 2015

    Scotland’s Citizens Advice Service is the most common external source of advice for employees who experience problems at work. In 2014/15 clients sought advice on 50,625 new employment issues, a number that has been increasing in recent years. Additionally, citizens advice bureaux see first-hand the effects of in-work poverty, with a growing number of working clients seeking advice because they are struggling to pay for essentials. These twin problems – unfair employment practices and low paid jobs – represent a worrying trend in recent years and ones which CAS believes need to be addressed.

  11. Response from CAS
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    August 2015

    CAS responds to the Department of Buisness, Innovation and Skills consultation on the Government's steer to the Competition and Markets Authority.

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  12. CAS written evidence to the Scottish Parliament Devolution (Further Powers) Committee
    Rob Gowans
    Publication date:
    August 2015

    Whilst there are a number of areas of the Scotland Bill that fully meet the word and spirit of the Smith Agreement, Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) believes that, as currently drafted, there are a number of sections of the Bill relating to social security and tribunals that do not appear to meet its intent.  CAS is concerned that without changes being made there are clear risks of detriment to CAB clients, who sought advice on 207,875 new benefits issues in 2013/14 and who have been subject to recent changes to reserved tribunals which have had a marked and detrimental effect on consumers in Scotland.

  13. Gillian Anderson, Dr Covadonga Gijón, Professor Jason Whalley
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    August 2015

    In 2013, Citizens Advice Scotland conducted a survey with Scottish Citizens Advice Bureau clients who sought advice on a benefits issue, to explore their access, ability and desire to use the internet.  This report, Internet Access in Glasgow's Deprived Areas is an analysis of the responses from the original 2013 survey from CAB clients in Glasgow.

  14. Rich Hall and Sarah Beattie-Smith
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    August 2015

    The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is conducting an inquiry into the energy industry. The CMA published its provisional findings and a set of provisional remedies in July 2015.

     

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  15. The Citizens Advice Service responds to the European Commission consultation on cross-border parcel delivery
    Xanthe Couture and David Moyes
    Publication date:
    July 2015

    The Citizens Advice Service welcomes the opportunity to respond to the European Commission consultation on cross-border parcel delivery. A competitive cross-border delivery market has the potential to benefit consumers through greater choice. In our response we highlight that this market is still young, and as such any regulatory intervention runs the risk of disrupting the natural development of the market, which may develop the solutions to issues faced by consumers. We contend that introducing price caps at this stage would be premature and difficult to implement.

  16. CAS Consultation Response
    Robert McGeachy & Gail Walker
    Publication date:
    July 2015

    CAS responds to the Scottish Governments consultation on reservoir regulations.

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  17. Kate Morrison
    Publication date:
    July 2015

    This Consumer Futures Unit guide aims to help you save money on your heating and electricity bills and keep your home warm. It is aimed at people who live in or own traditional stone tenement flats in Scotland.

  18. Patrick Hogan & Fraser Stewart
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    July 2015

    Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) is seeking tenders from potential research suppliers to undertake research into the poverty premium and the consumer behaviour of low-income households in Scotland. 

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  19. A summary of Scottish CAB service evidence 2014/15
    Kate Morrison
    Publication date:
    July 2015

    Ofgem asked Citizens Advice Scotland to provide them with an analysis of problems off-grid consumers experience in heating their homes. This paper provides a brief summary of some of the key issues brought to Scottish Citizens Advice bureaux by consumers of non-gas heating fuels.

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  20. CAS Briefing
    Lauren Wood
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    July 2015

    This briefing focuses on the devolution of reserved Tribunals.  Citizens Advice Scotland considers that clause 33 does not reflect the recommendation made by the Smith Commission that all powers over the management and operation of all reserved tribunals (which includes administrative, legislative and judicial functions) will be devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

     

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