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7 April, 2020 Open access

Extension of ‘breathing space’ for people with problem debt in Scotland extended to six months during coronavirus outbreak

New measures set out in Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 that received Royal Assent yesterday

The 'breathing space' for people with problem debt in Scotland has been extended to six months during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The change is provided for by the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 that received Royal Assent yesterday. In new guidance for stakeholders issued alongside the Act, the Scottish Government advises that Schedule 2 extends the standard six-week 'breathing space' period during which creditors cannot take any enforcement action against debtors for debts owed to six months.

The guidance notes that this should - 

NB - Section 11 of the Act provides for the new measures to expire on 30 September 2020 unless the Scottish Parliament extends this date, by way of regulations, to 31 March 2021 or 30 September 2021.

For more information, see Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for stakeholders on the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 from gov.scot