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26 August, 2021

Ombudsman finds multiple failures in council’s handling of resident’s request for help managing his council tax bill and arrears during the Covid-19 pandemic

New report highlights council’s failure to publish any information about a discretionary relief policy ‘risks significant injustice’

25 August, 2021

25 August, 2021

Cabinet Office launches Debt Management Vulnerability Toolkit to help promote fairness in government debt management practices

However, while welcoming 'much needed' guidance, Money Advice Trust says that further measures needed including legislation to ensure that those with government debt are treated fairly and have adequate time to repay

17 August, 2021 Open access

Extended Scottish ‘breathing space’ moratorium period during Covid pandemic should be made permanent, Scottish Government proposes

Consultation on Covid recovery policy includes proposal to keep the six-month moratorium and other easements introduced to support debtors through the Covid-19 pandemic

16 August, 2021

Government issues new council tax collection best practice guidance for local authorities

Introducing the guidance, Minister says 'tax collection and enforcement should never come at the cost of fair treatment of residents’

5 August, 2021 Open access

Extension of Covid-19 eviction and bankruptcy protections in Scotland to 31 March 2022

Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Act 2021 receives Royal Assent

2 August, 2021

26 July, 2021

Centre for Social Justice sets out proposals for Enforcement Conduct Authority to 'raise standards and protect vulnerable people', and ensure the enforcement agency is 'fit to meet the challenges of the coming decade'

Although falling short of full statutory regulation, debt advice agencies and other charities welcome proposals saying they represent an 'important opportunity' to set and enforce standards

6 July, 2021

30 June, 2021 Open access

Extension of temporary Insolvency Practice Direction that adapts court processes to assist court users during the continuing Covid-19 pandemic

New Direction applies to all insolvency proceedings throughout the Business and Property Courts from 30 June 2021 to 30 September 2021

28 June, 2021

25 June, 2021 Open access

Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill approved by Scottish Parliament

Bill includes provision for Covid-19 eviction and bankruptcy protections to be extended by six months to 31 March 2022

24 June, 2021

Total council tax arrears across local authorities in England stood at £4.4 billion as at March 2021

Responding to new MHCLG statistics, Money Advice Trust calls for reform of council tax collection rules and for more to be done to prevent people falling behind in the first place

18 June, 2021 Open access

Proposals to extend Covid-19 eviction and bankruptcy protections to be debated in the Scottish Parliament next week

Subject to the agreement of Parliament, measures will be extended by 6 months to 31 March 2022

9 June, 2021

Increases in prescribed monetary limits that need to be met in order for an individual to be able to apply for a Debt Relief Order

New legislation also increases value of domestic motor vehicle that must be excluded from valuation of Debt Relief Order applicant's property

2 June, 2021

Money and Pensions Service launches new ‘MaPS Standards’

Standards set out core principles for the effective delivery, quality and performance requirements of functions carried out by the Service and its partners

2 June, 2021

18 May, 2021

Removing discounts and exemptions applied to court fees for civil money and possession claims that are issued online

New statutory instrument introduces fee increases estimated to be worth up to £16 million in 2021/2022, and up to £25 million from 2022/2023 onwards