Austerity Blamed As More Scots Turn to Debt Solutions

July 27, 2017

Government policies and austerity measures have been blamed in part for forcing more and more Scots into the position of requiring debt solutions.

Paul Wheelhouse, who is a Scottish parliament member and minister for business, innovation and energy, has pinpointed austerity policies as a source of financial problems for many indebted consumers across the country.

“There is no question that continuing austerity has led to incomes being squeezed and more people suffering the anxiety and distress of insolvency as a result,” he said in a statement.

Mr Wheelhouse’s comments came after official figures on the various debt solutions available to Scots in financial difficulty were announced by the Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB).

The AiB’s numbers show a 17.3 per cent increase in awards of bankruptcy and protected trust deeds across Scotland between the second three months of this year as compared with the same period in 2016.

The number of Scots entering into protect trust deed arrangements rose particularly sharply and by 22.8 per cent on a year-to-year basis, according to the AiB.

Meanwhile, the number of people who entered into government-backed Debt Arrangement Schemes increased by almost 17 per cent between the April-to-June period of 2016 and the same period of this year.

Despite an evident growth in the number of Scots turning to debt solutions in recent months, the scale at which bankruptcies are being counted is currently regarded as being low by historic standards.

“The longer term trend of people accessing statutory debt relief and debt management solutions is a declining one‎ and numbers of people falling into insolvency are around half of the levels reported at the turn of the decade,” Paul Wheelhouse‎ noted in his official statements.

“The Scottish Government will work tirelessly to protect those individuals facing financial hardship by working towards reducing poverty and inequalities in Scotland,” he said.

Concerns are beginning to grow in some quarters, including among some senior figures at the Bank of England, that the UK as a whole is heading towards a situation in which so many consumers are heavily indebted that it presents a risk to banks and to the wider economy.

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