Trust Deed Scotland® provide tailored Scottish debt help and advice to those who are facing wage arrestment or sheriff officer action in Scotland.
If you have been contacted or visited by a sheriff officer for unpaid Council Tax Arrears Debt, Business Rates, DWP debts or any other type of debt, contact Trust Deed Scotland® today to speak to one of our experienced debt advisers.
The most important advice when you’re looking to stop or remove a wage arrestment in Scotland is not to ignore the potential wage arrestment, but to seek help immediately.
If you have been threatened with a wage arrestment in Scotland. or need to stop or remove a wage arrestment then our debt advisers can review your situation and advise on what protection is available to protect you from further action.
Officially known as ‘Diligence’ in many cases we can work with you to stop and remove your earnings arrestment.
Sheriff officers work on behalf of both public sector and private sector organisations in Scotland, providing debt collection recovery services.
The amount that can be taken from your wages to pay towards the debt depends on how often and how much you are paid. Any deductions are made from your net (after tax) income.
There is a minimum amount of earnings exempted before a percentage is deducted and sent to the creditor. As 6 April 2022, this minimum amount is:
The tables below show how much of your wages can be arrested in daily, weekly and monthly amounts.Find a formal debt solution
|Not exceeding £18.63||Nil|
|Exceeding £18.63 but not exceeding £67.32||£0.50 or 19% of earnings exceeding £18.63, whichever is the greater|
|Exceeding £67.32 but not exceeding £101.21||£9.25 plus 23% of earnings exceeding £67.32|
|Exceeding £101.21||£17.05 plus 50% of earnings exceeding £101.21|
|Not exceeding £130.73||Nil|
|Exceeding £130.73 but not exceeding £472.54||£4.00 or 19% of earnings exceeding £130.73, whichever is the greater|
|Exceeding £472.54 but not exceeding £710.42||£64.94 plus 23% of earnings exceeding £472.54|
|Exceeding £710.42||£119.66 plus 50% of earnings exceeding £710.42|
|Not exceeding £566.51||Nil|
|Exceeding £566.51 but not exceeding £2,047.65||£15.00 or 19% of earnings exceeding £566.51, whichever is the greater|
|Exceeding £2,047.65 but not exceeding £3,078.47||£281.42 plus 23% of earnings exceeding £2,047.65|
|Exceeding £3,078.47||£518.51 plus 50% of earnings exceeding £3,078.47|
*When applying your percentage, the wage arrestment calculator should be done to two decimal places of a penny and the result rounded to the nearest whole penny, with an exact half penny being rounded down.
Frequently Asked Questions
Got a question about wage arrestment in Scotland? Maybe we have an answer for you here . . .
Earnings arrestments are a type of diligence that orders an employer to make regular deductions from your earnings to pay a debt. Earning arrestments can be deducted from your monthly, weekly or daily from your net income.
The earnings arrestment is the most common type of diligence in Scotland and will remain in place until a debt has been paid.
If you have been threatened with an Earnings arrestment by a creditor (the company to who you owe money), don’t wait and seek help immediately.
In Scotland, an Earnings Arrestment is a form of diligence.
For this type of creditor diligence to be enforced, you will have already received a decision or a decree and a ‘charge to pay’ or a ‘charge for payment’ which you have been unable to make a payment
A charge to pay and a charge for payment gives you 14 days to pay the debt in full.
You may have received a ‘Debt Advice and Information package’ with the charge to pay or charge for payment from your creditor, which gives you information on your rights and where and how to get advice.
Some creditors may be willing to negotiate an informal payment arrangement with you. If you have received one of these get debt advice from an organisation such as Trust Deed Scotland as soon as possible as we can give you tailored debt advice based on your affordability and our experienced debt advisers can explain any options open to you.
A charge to pay and a charge for payment are the final notice to you to pay and if payment is not received by the date stated on the form the creditor will start diligence.
Our in-house debt advice team specialise in giving tailored advice to Scottish residents. Our advisers can find out more about your situation and help you find a solution to resolve your debt problem and lift a wage arrestment, where possible.
If you’re worried about debts, have received a decision or decree, or had court action taken against you we’d recommend getting advice from us. The types of solutions we can advise you on vary, depending on your situation. We can offer regulated, formal debt solutions such as Protected Trust Deeds, or the Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS) for example, or if you think you just need more time to think, a Statutory Moratorium can give you breathing space while you consider your options.
For Earnings Arrestment help and advice, you can also get free and impartial help with money, set up by the government: MoneyHelper, an independent service set up to help people manage their money.
Yes, this is known as a conjoined wage arrestment. Rather than the employer, multiple wage arrestments are administered by a local sheriff clerk.
Fortunately, it does not mean you have to pay more. Instead what happens is the amount deducted is divided up between those that are owed the money. Quite simply, the first creditor who arrested the wages will see the amount that they get become reduced. The second wage arrestment won’t get what they would have gotten, had they been the only creditor arresting your wages.
However as we would always suggest, it’s better to get advice as soon as possible so that you can try to stop the wage arrestment before it is executed. That advice remains the same whether you’ve had a threat of a single, or conjoined wage arrestment.
Trust Deeds in Scotland are only available to residents who have lived in Scotland for at least six months before they apply. You would typically have at least £5,000 of unsecured debts to qualify. This typically includes credit card debts, bank overdrafts, and unsecured personal loans.
If you want to find out if you’d qualify for a Trust Deed or alternative solutions; use our Trust Deed Wizard® tool.
If you are based in England, Wales or Northern Ireland then debt solutions such as an IVA or a Debt Relief Order may be a more suitable alternative for you.
Yes, we offer advice on all Scottish debt solutions and if a Trust Deed isn’t the right for you, there are other options in Scotland such as:
Trust Deed Scotland® will undertake an assessment of your financial difficulties and provide you with tailored debt advice so that you can understand the options that are available for you.
In order for you to make an informed decision, it’s important that you receive balanced debt advice that gives you the key facts and how they may directly impact you.
There are pros and cons for all available solutions and while most formal debt solutions share common advantages and disadvantages, you should always seek advice from a suitably experienced debt adviser. Call us on 0141 221 0999.
Our data 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.
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