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Spotlight on: Energy

A third of people in Scotland struggle to afford their electricity and gas bills. We’re working hard to give them the advice they need to cut their costs and get a good deal. We’re also pushing politicians and energy companies to ensure the energy system works for people. 

If you have an energy problem you need help with, call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 04 05 06 or email via our self-help website www.citizensadvice.org.uk.

This page has all the latest news about our work on energy.

News

  1. 6 Mar 2018

    The Consumer Futures Unit of Citizens Advice Scotland has today welcomed the vision for a low-carbon Scotland contained within the Scottish Government’s third Climate Change Plan, but states that consumers must be at the heart of the proposals and policies if it is to be achieved.  

  2. 5 Mar 2018

    Citizens Advice Scotland's Consumer Futures Unit (CFU) has welcomed Ofgem's decision that fuel companies will no longer be able to charge bills for gas and electricity that was used more than twelve months earlier.

  3. 10 Oct 2017

    The Consumer Futures Unit (CFU) of Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has responded to Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement that the Scottish government plans to set up a non-profit energy company.

Publications

  1. Marcus Wilson

    Publication date: February 2018

    It is an appropriate time for the Scottish Government to be considering and consulting on Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies and the regulation of district heating. Both Scottish and UK Governments expect growth in the number of district heating schemes and for the technology to play a significant part in the decarbonisation process.

    Overall, there is a growing body of evidence of consumer detriment when district heating protections are not consistent, and strengthening protections now should forestall wider negative experiences as the sector grows.

    Recent CFU research highlighted the pressing need for, and possibility of, consumer protection in a Scottish context, which is set out in the response below. 

  2. Consumer Futures Unit

    Publication date: February 2018

    The Consumer Futures Unit (CFU)'s report Leading By Example sets out the mechanisms that are used by 40 regulators and service providers within the regulated industries of energy, water and post to develop consumer-focused policy and practice. 

    The CFU uses seven consumer principles to evaluate policy and practice from a consumer perspective, and encourages other organisations to use them as a tool to support the design of regulation, policy and practice.  The principles seek to move organisations from thinking about consumers, to thinking like consumers.

  3. Consumer Futures Unit Response
    Craig Salter

    Publication date: February 2018

  4. Proposed work for the next financial year.
    Nina Ballantyne

    Publication date: January 2018

    The Consumer Futures Unit (CFU) within Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) is seeking feedback on our draft work plan for 2018-19. 

    This consultation will run until 16:00 on the 15th February 2018.

    Please send comments to consumerfuturesunit@cas.org.uk

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