Citizens Advice Scotland
'Unacceptable': Lawyers criticise legal aid funding as govt announces public consultation
Legal Aid public consultation will run until 19 September as the government seek to implement the recommendations of the Evans review which found no need to change the funding model for Scottish lawyers providing legal assistance
3 ways Scotland's personal debt problems are getting worse - and 3 ways to address it
StepChange Scotland identifies Council Tax arrears and debt driven by welfare cuts as national problems in its shocking new report. CommonSpace takes you through its key conclusions.
PROBLEM DEBT afflicts hundreds of thousands across Scotland and must be made a priority for the Scottish Government, the charity StepChange Scotland have declared following their release of a damning new report.
Working people routinely struggle to afford food, new research finds
Citizens Advice Scotland report on food affordability, access and availability highlights hard choices facing many
SCOTTISH PEOPLE concerned about their food bills are routinely making sacrifices about the quality and the quantity of the food they eat, while many worry about food running out before they have the money to find more, new research from Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has found.
As 300,000 Scots require crisis grants, Citizens Advice challenges UK Govt to fix social security
Latest figures show a dramatic rise in the number of Scottish households reliant on emergency welfare
CITIZENS ADVICE SCOTLAND (CAS) have called upon the UK Government to fix the problems with a social security system that is “not getting adequate support on time to those who need it,” after it was revealed that almost 300,000 households have required emergency financial aid from the Scottish Government over the past five years.
Queries to Citizens Advice Scotland almost triple due to Universal Credit roll-out
The number of people seeking advice regarding welfare reforms has increased by almost 200 per cent, a new report reveals
CITIZENS ADVICE SCOTLAND (CAS), Scotland’s largest independent advice network, has been swamped with requests for advice and assistance regarding the rollout of Universal Credit.
Scottish Government unveils plans for new benefit to combat 'funeral poverty'
10-point plan aims to redress Scotland’s “postcode lottery” of burial costs.
The Scottish Government has announced details of a new benefit to help those experiencing difficulty with funeral costs, which it intends to launch by Summer 2019.
The Funeral Expense Assistance benefit is one of ten actions the government has committed to as part of their Funeral Costs Plan.
Calls in Scotland for a halt to roll out of Universal Credit grow
People who are moved onto the new benefit are waiting six weeks before getting payment, pushing them into poverty and debt
SCOTTISH LABOUR has called on the UK Government to halt its plans to roll out Universal Credit over concerns that families will be pushed into poverty and debt.
As reported on Sunday (30 July), Alex Rowley has written to both Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke and Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson to challenge them to stop the new online benefit.
Citizens Advice says Scottish Welfare Fund "clearly not enough" to tackle poverty
Scottish Welfare Fund failing to tackle the roots of poverty
CITIZENS ADVICE SCOTLAND (CAS), has urged the Scottish Government to do more to help families that are falling into poverty across Scotland.
The service that provides confidential, free advice on consumer rights and legal or financial difficulties, said that although it recognises the importance of the Scottish Welfare Fund, it hadn't stopped the rise in the use of food banks or people seeking advice.
Citizens Advice Scotland: Complaining tenants are being threatened by landlords
Tenants forced to live in poor conditions or face bullying by landlords
LANDLORDS are threatening tenants who complain against them, according to Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS).
Reported on the BBC, CAS said that it had received over 6,000 complaints from tenants who claimed they had faced aggressive landlords and poor housing conditions.