Scottish Diligence Statistics 2021-22

Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) has released official statistics reporting diligences executed and Charge for Payment served in Scotland for the financial year 2021-22.

Total diligences executed, for all warrant procedures and diligence processes, increased by 123.0% from 126,665 in 2020-21 to 282,480 in 2021-22. The 2021-22 figure is similar to pre-pandemic levels.

The majority (90.4%) of total diligences executed in 2021-22 were served under the Summary Warrant procedure in respect of council tax debts.  Diligences executed in respect of council tax debts increased by 123.0% when compared with the previous financial year.

For the Non-Summary Warrant procedure, diligences executed increased by 107.5% from 10,730 in 2020-21 to 22,265 in 2021-22.

The largest number of diligences executed by Sheriffdom were granted in Tayside, Central and Fife followed by North Strathclyde. The number of diligences carried out increased across all six Sheriffdoms: Tayside, Central and Fife (157.3%); North Strathclyde (153.4%); Lothian and Borders (147.8%); Grampian, Highlands and Islands (139.6%);  Glasgow and Strathkelvin (111.2%); South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway (39.2%).

The number of Charge for Payments increased from 165,035 in 2020-21 to 277,540 in 2021-22, an increase of 68.2%.  The majority (83.1%) 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.

Background

A full statement of Scottish diligence statistics for the financial year of 2020-21 is available: https://www.aib.gov.uk/about-aib/statistics-data/diligence-statistics