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Similar to trust deeds, the debt arrangement scheme (DAS) is only available to residents of Scotland. Those residing in other parts of the country may wish to investigate a similar solution known as a debt management plan.
The DAS was introduced by the Scottish Government to help individuals affordably resolve their debts. Those signing up to the scheme pay regular monthly fees into a debt payment programme. In turn, this money is divided up and sent to creditors.
While the scheme is active, the interest rates are frozen and creditors are prevented from taking legal action against you.
To qualify for the debt arrangement scheme, you should have more than one creditor and live in Scotland. Furthermore, you:
However, if you are already undergoing a form of insolvency – such as bankruptcy or protected trust deed – you would not be eligible for the service.
A debt arrangement scheme has several advantages over other financial solutions. For example, a DAS generally allows you greater control of your assets. This means, in many cases, you won’t need to sell your home or car.
Furthermore, as interest rates and charges are frozen during the scheme, your debts should be cleared once the DAS ends.
What differs between individuals, however, is the length of the policy. As it allows you to clear your debts in a “reasonable time”, the advisor in charge of implementing the scheme will identify how long this should be.
Once the time frame has been agreed, affordable monthly fees will need to be paid. Yet, if this is temporarily affected – such as in the case of redundancy – you can apply for a payment break to compensate.
The debt arrangement scheme is just one solution for regaining control of your finances. As this must be set up by a qualified professional, you will need to get expert advice before proceeding with your application.
Contact us and we’d be happy to discuss your circumstances. With no obligation on your part, we can evaluate your financial situation and recommend a solution which is right for you. To start getting on top of your debts, contact us through this form or by calling 0161 956 2680
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