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Citizens advice bureaux are a key part of the wider landscape of publicly funded legal advice, helping clients with thousands of legal issues each year and resolving thousands of issues before they reach the legal stage. Bureaux operate nine in-court advice projects across the country and represent clients at thousands of tribunals and court cases each year. 

News

  1. 19 Oct 2016

    Author: Mark Patterson, CAS Policy Officer

    One of my earliest recollections of experiencing unfairness was playing Monopoly as a child with my brother.  When picking out our counters, I would always want to be the racing car - because what eight year old wants to be an old leather boot?  My brother however, without exception, would claim the racing car as his own.  When I would try to protest, he would remind me that he was the older brother.  He got first choice.

  2. 7 Sep 2016

    Scheme to have a will drawn up by a solicitor in exchange for a donation to charity.

  3. 15 Aug 2016

    HND Legal Services students from the New College Lanarkshire: Motherwell Campus have developed a legal guide for refugees, as part of a project in collaboration with the Crown Office’s Project Safe.

Publications

  1. Consultation Response from Citizens Advice Scotland
    Mark Patterson

    Publication date: December 2016

    As a general improvement to diligences CAS would like to see a set of pre-action requirements introduced into the process for public sector creditors to show that all reasonable attempts have been made to come to an arrangement prior to taking recovery action, and to ensure that diligence is used as a last resort.

  2. Mark Patterson

    Publication date: October 2016

    Citizens Advice Scotland has responded to the Scottish Government consultation on Scottish Court fees to call for reconsideration of the plan to increase Court fees to recover the full costs of the civil Courts from Court users. 

    Increasing fees for Court users poses a real threat to access to justice.

  3. Report Stage and Third Reading
    Rob Gowans

    Publication date: November 2015

    This briefing focusses on amendments tabled to the Scotland Bill addressing areas where the
    Bill does not appear to meet the intent of the Smith Agreement. Citizens Advice
    Scotland is concerned that, as currently drafted, there are risks of detriment
    to CAB clients, who sought advice on 220,000 new
    benefits issues in 2014/15 and who have been subject to recent changes to reserved tribunals which have
    had a marked and detrimental effect on consumers in Scotland.

  4. 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.

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