Debt Arrangement Scheme

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What Is A Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS)?

First introduced in Scotland in 2004, a DAS (Debt Arrangement Scheme) is a legally binding debt solution available to residents of Scotland. It is an alternative to a Trust Deed or Sequestration.

A DAS allows you to freeze the interest and any charges on your debt and repay it over an extended period of time. It is controlled by a DAS administrator who will decide the duration of the arrangement. This will be based on factors like, how much you owe and how much you can afford to pay back each month.

Entering into a Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS) binds you to an agreement where you will make one monthly payment that will be divided between your creditors. This allows your creditors to receive a regular payment towards your arrears.

The DAS should be administered by an approved money advisor, who will represent you when dealing with your lenders. This means you will no longer have to deal with them yourself.

You can employ an advisor through The Citizens Advice Bureau or your local authority. You can also use an Insolvency Practitioner to act as your money advisor.

There are no fees required to set up a DAS and there is no fixed length for the agreement. However the average length of time that a DAS usually takes to complete is approximately six and a half years.

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What Process Will I Need to Follow for a Debt Arrangement Scheme?

A Debt Arrangement Scheme should take around 6-8 weeks to complete depending on how quickly you respond to any queries you may have. Once you have appointed a money advisor the following steps will be taken:

  • A proposal is sent to each of your creditors, giving them 21 days to object
  • The Debt Payment Programme will be automatically approved if there are no objections
  • If there are any objections made by the creditors, then the advisor will decide if they are fair or whether the objection can be overruled.
  • If the advisor decides that any of the objections are valid, then you may be requested to create a new Debt Payment Programme that addresses their concerns.
  • Once the advisor is happy that the proposal is fair, it will be approved. At this point there is nothing the creditors can do to stop the approval.
  • If the revised proposal is rejected and no agreement can be found, then there is an appeals process that you can use. If this fails, then you may be left with only a Trust Deed or Bankruptcy to fall back on.
  • If your financial situation changes while you are paying you DAS, you can have the terms of the agreement changed without charge. This can be to both increase or decrease your payments, depending on your circumstances.
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What is a Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS)?

A Debt Arrangement Scheme is a government-backed debt management tool available in Scotland that allows individuals to repay their debts through a debt payment program (DPP). It enables debtors to pay off their debts over an extended period while protecting them from legal action by creditors and freezing all interest and charges on the debt.

How does the Debt Arrangement Scheme work?

Under DAS, a debtor commits to a DPP which details how much they can afford to pay towards their debts based on their income and expenditure. An approved money advisor submits the proposal to creditors, who have 21 days to object. If no objections are received or if creditors holding at least 10% of the total debt dont object, the DPP becomes legally binding. Payments are distributed to creditors on a pro-rata basis.

Who is eligible for the Debt Arrangement Scheme?

Eligibility for DAS requires individuals to be residents of Scotland with one or more debts, have disposable income after essential living costs which can service the repayment plan, and not be involved in certain other formal insolvency procedures such as bankruptcy or Trust Deed.

What are the benefits of entering into a Debt Arrangement Scheme?

Benefits include protection from creditor enforcement actions, freezing of interest and charges on outstanding debts from the date of application approval, potential reduction in stress associated with managing multiple debts independently, and avoiding more severe forms of insolvency like sequestration (Scottish bankruptcy).

Can I still use credit facilities while participating in a Debt Arrangement Scheme?

While under a DPP through DAS, you are generally expected not to take out additional borrowing without permission from your money advisor. This rule helps ensure that you do not accumulate further debt which could jeopardize your ability to successfully complete your existing repayment plan.