Campaign for changes in policies and services
Citizens Advice Bureaux make a record of every enquiry brought to them. This adds up to a huge wealth of information about the problems people experience. We work proactively to prevent similar problems happening to others.
We use this evidence to highlight the effects that policies have on real people in the real world, and to suggest where improvements can be made to the policies and services of national and local government and businesses. We aim to stop problems at their source, using the direct experience of the communities that CABx serve.
Each bureau sends information about the problems brought to them (but not about their clients) to National Citizens Advice . Evidence is collated to help campaign ofﬁcers identify national trends. Citizens Advice can then present evidence to policy makers by writing reports and submissions and participating in consultations to improve policies.
With local or regional issues, bureaux may act individually or join forces with other CABx and outside agencies, using their client evidence to lobby MPs, Assembly Members (AMs), councillors, local authorities and others, as well as presenting their ﬁndings in the media.
Turning evidence into action
Citizens Advice is respected for its impartiality and independent analysis, and is listened to at all levels of government. Councillors, MPs, AMs and Ministers all consult the service on a wide range of issues.This enables us to effectively campaign for social justice and get laws and policies changed for the better.
We have recently campaigned on issues as diverse as:
- Maternity and parental rights
- Charges for health care
- Support for asylum seekers
- School uniform costs
- Disability discrimination
- Improving ﬁnancial literacy
More information on Citizens Advice campaigns can be found on the National Website.