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Spotlight on: Housing

As economic conditions and benefit changes affect household income, independent advice can be key to keeping people in their home. 

News

  1. 19 Jan 2017

    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 draft Climate Change Plan, but states that consumers must be at the heart of the proposals and policies if it is to be achieved.  

  2. 9 Jun 2016

    The Consumer Futures Unit invites you to register for our upcoming conference ‘Energy in Scotland – the Future for Consumers’ on 29th June.

  3. 6 Apr 2016

    Author: Patrick Hogan, CAS Policy Officer

    If you’re like me and have bounced around rented accommodation in your student days and beyond, you’ve probably encountered your fair share of worn down flats and colourful landlords.  Most of the time, any problems I experienced didn’t extend far beyond the simply amusing (like that university flat I had with the wildly oscillating kitchen floor – hilarious!) and my landlords dealt with me and any issues I had promptly and professionally. Unfortunately though, the situation for some who privately rent can be more serious. 

Publications

  1. Scottish Parliament Local Government and Communities Communities Committee
    Rob Gowans

    Publication date: June 2017

    Though not the only driver of homelessness, the past five years have seen a large increase in the number of rent arrears issues dealt with by Scotland’s CAB network. CAS is commencing research to examine the causes and consequences of rent arrears for CAB clients, including those who become homeless as a result. This submission examines CAB data related to homelessness and rent arrears, as well as some of the causes of rent arrears that can lead to evictions and homelessness.

  2. Issues affecting flooded consumers and ability to access affordable insurance
    Fraser Sutherland

    Publication date: September 2016

    CAS undertook a detailed survey research of 178 households in Scotland, over two thirds of which live in a flood risk area based on SEPA analysis.

  3. Social Security Advisory Committee consultation
    Rob Gowans

    Publication date: February 2016

    Citizens Advice Scotland responded to a consultation on the UK Government's proposed changes to the length of time a person can be absent from Great Britain without losing entitlement to Housing Benefit and Pension Credit.

  4. A Citizens Advice Scotland guide to neighbour problems

    Publication date: September 2015

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