Council Tax Debt & Arrears.
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Trust Deed Scotland® have helped over 25,000 Scottish residents use regulated, formal debt solutions including Trust Deeds and the Debt Arrangement Scheme to freeze interest and charges, stop wage arrestments and repay what they owe with just one affordable monthly payment.
In some cases, we can even help our customers write off their unaffordable council tax arrears.
If you have council tax arrears debt, we’re here for you. We can help you review your options and get back on track with your finances.
Find out if you qualify
How it works
You will reduce your monthly debts down to an affordable monthly payment. Depending of your choice of solution, you may even be able to write off some of your unaffordable debt.
Old Council Tax
Total Debt £18,496
¹Subject to creditor acceptance. Payment subject to individual circumstances. Credit rating may be affected
Council Tax Arrears
Don’t delay, get the help you need…
If like many people across Scotland you have fallen behind in your Council Tax repayments, you may be worried about how you will be able to afford to repay what you owe.
With the cost of living crisis affecting everyone, lots of people just like you are struggling to pay their bills meaning that they are simply no longer paying the important bills like their Council Tax, energy and even their rent and mortgage.
It’s vital that if you’re struggling to repay your council tax arrears, you seek help as soon as possible.
Your local council authority may take serious steps to recover what they are owed. This may involve putting pressure on you from Sheriff Officers (the term for Bailiffs in Scotland), or they may request that your bank freeze money in your account, requiring your employer to make payment to them directly from your wages known as a wage arrestment in Scotland, or ultimately they ask the Scottish courts to sequestrate you (Bankruptcy in Scotland).
Asking for help with unaffordable debt is difficult. Having helped 25,000 people in Scotland since 2019 this is something we truly understand.
We can give you tailored debt advice that gives you the information you need to make an informed decision on the best solution for you, based on your affordability, lifestyle and needs. Our experienced advisers will be able to contact the council on your behalf, taking some of the stress out of the situation for you.
Contact us today to find out if you’re eligible for any of the formal debt solutions available in Scotland.
Our team have helped thousands of people enjoy life after debt, and with our advice, you could be next.
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Frequently asked questions
According to official AiB data, there were 2,971 Trust Deeds advertised in Scotland in the first half of 2022. This compares to 5,299 people using Trust Deeds in the previous year of 2021.
As a formal Scottish debt solution, the Protected Trust Deed remains the most commonly used formal method of repaying debt in Scotland. For comparison, AiB data shows that in 2021, there were 4,492 approved debt payment programmes under the Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS).
Trust Deed Scotland® is the No.1 rated debt solutions company on Scotland based on our Trustpilot reviews and we’ve helped over 25,000 people use Trust Deeds to achieve life after debt.
For the whole of 2021, 98.5% of our Trust Deeds gained protection status, and this figure remained the same for the first quarter of 2022.
You may see Trust Deed adverts claiming to write off up to 90% of your debt – we feel this is misleading, as this is rarely the case. A more realistic write off figure is up to 70%. This is based on 5,234 Protected Trust Deeds currently administered by Trust Deed Scotland® and granted between January 2017 and September 2021.
In this sample of PTDs, the expected write-off figure reaches as high as 83%. 5% of the PTDs have an expected write off figure between 71% and 83%. 95% of the PTDs have an expected write off figure of up to 70%, the average (mean) being 45% when the costs of administration are included.
Of the cases in this sample, 1,823 were granted since the Covid-19 pandemic took effect in 2020. The average expected debt write-off for these cases is slightly higher at 49%, when the costs of administration are included.
Your decision to apply for a Protected Trust Deed should not be taken purely on a proposed debt write off amount alone. It is very rare for a Trust Deed not to be protected with Trust Deed Scotland® and we have one of the best protection rates in our industry, for example, in 2021, we achieved a protection rate of 98.5%, this made us the best performing volume provider of Protected Trust Deeds in Scotland.
Trust Deed Scotland® provide tailored debt advice on all available debt solutions in Scotland.
We make sure that our clients get personalised debt advice based on their affordability, lifestyle and needs. May not be suitable for all. Will affect credit rating.
To find out what your options are, simply complete our online form or just call us on 0141 221 0999.
As with all formal debt solutions in Scotland, the main downside for you will be how it affects your credit rating.
Having a Trust Deed will affect your credit rating for six years from the date the Trust Deed begins.
When borrowing money, credit reference agencies will assess the level of risk and base their decision on your financial history. This will include any defaults, whether you’re in a Trust Deed or used any other form of debt relief tool.
However, once your Trust Deed term has been complete and you have been discharged, you can then start to rebuild your credit rating and apply for a mortgage, credit cards etc.
While in a Trust Deed, you will make reduced monthly payments to your creditors, during which time you can get on with your life.
Before you commit to any Scottish debt solution, you would have a detailed call with an experienced debt advisor and the benefits and risks would be fully explained in the context of your own personal circumstances.
Every case is different to the next and with Trust Deed Scotland, you would receive tailored debt advice on what your debt repayment options may look like.
This is a common question that homeowners ask when they approach us for Debt Advice, and the answer in most cases is yes.
In a Trust Deed, your mortgage and car are protected so that you would continue paying them as normal – subject to approval, and completion.
If your house or car were at risk as a result of entering into a Trust Deed, we would look at the Debt Arrangement Scheme.
People sometimes worry that they will be chased for payments after their Trust Deed has been protected, However, once you enter into a Trust Deed, your creditors will be required to direct any contact to your Trustee, rather than to you personally.
A Protected Trust Deed uses formal legislation, meaning your creditors are legally bound not to contact you for any payments, as the payments for your debt will now come from your Trust Deed contributions.
If in the rare instance that you are in a Trust Deed and a creditor who is included in this agreement makes contact with you, you would refuse to engage in any conversation with them and simply refer them to your Trustee. Don’t worry about this, your Trustee will reiterate the terms of the trust deed to the people you owe money to at any given time.
It’s not uncommon for debts to be sold onto other companies, and the new lender may write to you to inform you of this process. On any such occasion, it is merely for informational purposes only and your Trustee will deal with this transfer on your behalf. All you need to focus on is repaying your agreed contribution as normal.
With our insolvency industry experience, a fantastic rate of over 99% of our Trust Deed proposals are accepted.
If a creditor wanted to object, it would do so in writing within five weeks of your Trust Deed being proposed. Even then, it would only fail if that creditor represented over 33% in the total debt value or over one half in number. If 67% agree with the proposal, then the other creditors will still be legally bound by its terms, even if they object.
In the unlikely event that your Trust Deed did fail, your Trustee would negotiate your case in an attempt to have it accepted.
When you sign a credit agreement, because you have done so in your own name; your spouse or partner is not responsible to pay your debts. If you start a Trust Deed, your partner or spouse will not be directly involved with the agreement.
They will not be forced to help you repay your debt and your creditors are forbidden from revealing details of the debt to your partner/spouse unless given clear permission to do so by you.
If you’re a homeowner and your property is worth more than the amount owed on your mortgage, you may have to release some of its equity in order to proceed with a Trust Deed.
Mortgage equity is the difference in monetary value between what you owe on your mortgage and the current value of your property. The equity value is fixed at the start of your Trust Deed, so if the value of the property should go up, it doesn’t affect the conditions of your Trust Deed.
Where you have negative equity or a low level of equity, a threshold is set where the equity figure can be ignored.
If there is significant equity in your home, you’ll agree with the Trustee how to deal with this in advance. You may, for example, extend the Trust Deed term from 48 months to 60 months.
Where you have a large amount of equity in your home and a Trust Deed is not your best option – the Debt Arrangement Scheme may be more suitable for you, as equity in your home is irrelevant.
Your advisor will discuss this with you, and if necessary, any equity arrangements will be organised before entering into a Trust Deed.
No setup fees are involved in setting up a Trust Deed. All administration fees are included in your monthly payments:
These are charged against the money you owe creditors, so will be agreed between you and your creditors at the start.
Your Trust Deed monthly payments are calculated using your disposable income. Your disposable income is a figure based on a deduction of your essential living costs and offsetting this against your income. The amount left over is the amount of money that you have left to pay your creditors.
When you apply for a Trust Deed in Scotland or Debt Payment Programme, your essential living costs include your priority debts such as your mortgage, or rent commitments and other priorities such as utility bills and council tax.
Allowances are given for childcare, travel expenses, car finance and other essential expenditures are included such as food and even lifestyle costs such as haircuts and hobbies.
Entering into Trust Deeds or any other formal debt solution means that your monthly outgoings caused by unaffordable debt are significantly reduced, your new Trust Deed monthly payments are calculated fairly, alleviating the stress caused by debt.
48 months. Typically Trust Deeds in Scotland last for 4 years. You will make one fixed regular affordable monthly payment to your Trustee, who distributes the money to your creditors, minus their fee for arranging and managing the Trust Deed.
However, in some circumstances, it may take you longer to complete the Trust Deed. E.g the duration of the Trust Deed term may be extended for a period of 12 months, meaning that the Trust Deed duration would then be 5 years. This would be discussed with you in more detail when you speak to our experienced debt advice team.
Call Trust Deed Scotland today and not only can we confirm how long a Trust Deed lasts in Scotland for you depending on your circumstances, but we can also find out how we can help you with your unaffordable debts and provide you with tailored debt advice.