Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) today released official statistics reporting personal and company insolvencies in Scotland for the third quarter (October to December) of 2016-17. The figures show that there were 2,616 personal insolvencies, which include both bankruptcies and protected trust deeds (PTDs), up from 2,424 personal insolvencies in the previous quarter.
There were 1,116 bankruptcies awarded during this quarter, a 0.3 per cent increase on the previous quarter and a 14.8 per cent increase when compared with the third quarter of 2015-16. The activity levels, however, in the first and second quarters of 2015-16 were particularly low due to the legislative and operational changes introduced through Bankruptcy and Debt Advice (Scotland) Act 2014 (BADA(S)) on 1 April 2015. Looking at previous years’ activity, the bankruptcies awarded in this quarter were 33.3 per cent lower than the same quarter in 2013-14 and 29.4 per cent lower than in 2014-15.
The number of PTDs rose 14.4 per cent from the previous quarter to 1,500.
There were 529 debt payment programmes (DPPs) approved under DAS, a 20.1 per cent decrease on the previous quarter. A total of £9.6 million was repaid through DAS during this quarter, a 3.7 per cent increase on the previous quarter.
The combined number of bankruptcies awarded, PTDs recorded and DAS DPPs approved remained stable. This quarter's figures were 1.9 per cent higher than the previous quarter and 10.5 per cent higher than the same quarter in 2015-16.
The number of Scottish registered companies becoming insolvent or entering receivership marginally decreased in the third quarter of 2016-17, with 209 companies becoming insolvent compared with 218 in the previous quarter. The number of members’ voluntary liquidations (solvent liquidations) increased from 106 to 151.
The figures released today were produced in accordance with the professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.
A full statement of Scottish insolvency statistics for the third quarter of 2016-17 is available – http://www.aib.gov.uk/quarterly-scottish-insolvency-statistics-october-december-2016
Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/About
Accountant in Bankruptcy supervises all personal insolvencies in Scotland and administers those bankruptcies where appointed. Insolvent individuals in Scotland are subject to bankruptcy (sequestration) or enter protected trust deeds (PTDs) under the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 1985. The 1985 Act was amended by the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 1993 and on 1 April 2008, part 1 of the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Act 2007 came into force making significant changes to some aspects of bankruptcy in Scotland. Changes included the introduction of LILA, a route into bankruptcy for people with low income and low assets. The changes also took a number of processes out of the Scottish Court system, reducing costs and freeing up court time.
Protected trust deeds (PTDs) are voluntary arrangements, where the debtor passes their estate to an insolvency practitioner who arranges to repay part of the debt to creditors on the debtor’s behalf. This is similar to Individual Voluntary Agreements (IVAs) in England and Wales; although there are important differences in the way they are set up and administered.
The Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS) is administered by Accountant in Bankruptcy. Debt payment programmes approved under DAS allow individuals to repay their debts in full over an extended period of time whilst providing protection from enforcement by their creditors and safeguarding their home as long as mortgage payments are maintained. Further information on DAS, including a register of debt payment programmes, is available here.
Details of bankruptcies, PTDs, liquidations and receiverships are found on the register of insolvencies, which is maintained by Accountant in Bankruptcy and can be found at https://roi.aib.gov.uk/roi
Accountant in Bankruptcy is also responsible for receiving, extracting and recording information from certain forms relating to company liquidations and receiverships. The legislation appropriate to liquidations and receiverships is contained in the Insolvency Act 1986 and the Insolvency (Scotland) Rules 1986.
Further information regarding insolvency in Scotland, including legislation, can be found on the Accountant in Bankruptcy’s website at www.aib.gov.uk
Gavin Cameron , Communications Manager, Accountant in Bankruptcy
Telephone: 0300 200 2636 / 07976 183010