Policy research publications
Citizens Advice regularly publishes policy research on issues affecting clients of our service. We use this evidence to campaign for changes in policies and services.
Welfare and benefits forms the largest area of advice we deliver giving us some of the clearest insights into the way in which the system works and the challenges it poses.
We all now have to behave as consumers in an increasing number of markets. Our consumer policy work looks at how people are treated in everything from telecoms and financial services, to housing and online marketplaces.
- A law unto themselves: How bailiffs are breaking the rules
- Hidden Debts: The growing problem of being behind on bills and in debt to the government
- Rent to Return? The need for consumer protection in the rent-to-own market
- Doorway to Debt
- Walking on Thin Ice: The cost of financial insecurity
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Our work policy research covers both employment and self-employment. It looks at the increasing diversity of working arrangements and how this is affecting pay, work-life balance and redress when things go wrong.
Our pensions policy work explores how people understand pensions and what can be done to help consumers make positive pension choices while also protecting them from potential risks.
As the statutory consumer body for energy consumers in England and Wales, we commission research, build evidence-based policy positions to embed the needs of energy consumers into decision-making, with specific regard for the needs of vulnerable consumers.
As the statutory consumer body for postal consumers in England and Wales, we commission research, build evidence-based policy positions to embed the needs of postal consumers into decision-making, with specific regard for the needs of vulnerable consumers.
Through Citizens Advice and the Witness Service, we support hundreds of thousands of people pursuing justice or going to court as a victim or a witness.
We help thousands of people with public service issues every year. This means we have a really detailed understanding of public services and how they can best support their users.
- Removal of the sanction of imprisonment for the non-payment of council tax / Dileu’r gosb o garchar am beidio â thalu treth gyngor
- Advice Trends in Wales: 2017 to 2018/Tueddiadau Cyngor yng Nghymru: 2017 i 2018
- Community Energy: maximising the contribution in a changing energy market / Ynni Cymunedol: Cynyddu cyfraniad mewn marchnad ynni sy’n prysur newid
- Making the economy work for people on low incomes / Gwneud i’r economi weithio i’r rheini sydd ag incwm isel
- Communities First - Lessons Learnt / Cymunedau yn Gyntaf – Y Gwersi a Ddysgwyd
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As political parties develop their manifestos, we’ve set out policy solutions to some of the most common problems our clients face.