Scottish Diligence Statistics: 2020-21

Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) has released official statistics reporting diligences executed and Charge for Payment served in Scotland for the financial year 2020-21.

Total diligences executed, for all warrant procedures and diligence processes, decreased by 56.6% from 291,535 in 2019-20 to 126,665 in 2020-21.  The 2020-21 figure is the lowest figure reported in the last 10 years.

The majority (90.4%) of total diligences executed in 2020-21 were served under the Summary Warrant procedure in respect of council tax debts.  Diligences executed in respect of council tax debts decreased by 52.4% when compared with the previous financial year.

For the Non-Summary Warrant procedure, diligences executed decreased by 76.2% to 10,730 in 2020-21.

The largest number of diligences executed by Sheriffdom were granted in Tayside, Central and Fife followed by South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway. The number of diligences carried out decreased across all six Sheriffdoms: Glasgow and Strathkelvin (72.6%); Grampian, Highlands and Islands (60.7%); Lothian and Borders (57.5%); North Strathclyde (55.1%); Tayside, Central and Fife (55.1%); South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway (39.5%).

The number of Charge for Payments decreased from 275,080 in 2019-20 to 165,035 in 2020-21, a decrease of 40.0%.  The majority (83.5%) were served in respect of council tax debts.

The figures released today are classed as Official Statistics and were produced in accordance with the professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.


A full statement of Scottish diligence statistics for the financial year of 2020-21 is available here: