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Spotlight on: Children and families

Around four out of ten bureau clients have caring responsibilities, with almost a third of clients caring for dependent children. One in nine clients is looking after a member of their family who has a disability.

Our Kinship Care service operates across the country to support the thousands of people who care for children whose natural parents are unable to do so.  These are often grandparents, aunts and uncles but can also be family friends.  We are then able to reflect the experiences of our clients in evidence reports which throw the challenges kinship carers face into sharp relief.  

News

  1. 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.

  2. 3 Feb 2016

    Foundation Scotland has set up a Flood Recovery Fund to relieve hardship across Scotland caused directly or indirectly by storm damage and flooding in December 2015 and early 2016. The fund is open to individuals or families, and community organisations involved in the flood relief effort.

  3. 1 Dec 2014

    A new report published by Citizens Advice Scotland exposes the worrying shortcomings in childcare provision in Scotland. In particular, it says that many CAB clients find that provision is either too expensive or simply doesn’t exist in a way that works for them.

Publications

  1. CAS Information Team

    Publication date: February 2016

    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.

  2. Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee call for evidence
    Rob Gowans

    Publication date: March 2017

    Citizens Advice Scotland welcomes the opportunity to submit evidence to inform the Committee’s consideration of the Bill. Scotland’s CAB Service sees the effects of child poverty on a daily basis, and the majority of advice provided by citizens advice bureaux in Scotland relates to issues related to maximising low incomes, particularly access to social security benefits and dealing with problem debt.

  3. 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.

  4. CAS Information Team

    Publication date: February 2016

    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.

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