The Regulations were laid on 7 June 2019. At its meeting on 25 June the Committee agreed to take evidence from stakeholders and the Accountant in Bankruptcy ahead of consideration of the instrument.
The Committee sought written evidence on the Debt Arrangement Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations and received the following responses:
The Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills wrote to the Committee on 8 August.
The Committee took evidence on the 3 September. The Committee heard from:
- Alan McIntosh, Senior Money Advisor, Inverclyde Council;
- Yvonne MacDermid, Chief Executive, Money Advice Scotland;
- Mike Holmyard, Financial Health Policy Manager, Citizens Advice Scotland;
- Sharon Bell, Head of StepChange Debt Charity Scotland;
- Angela Kazmierczak, Financial Inclusion Team Leader, Aberdeen City Council;
- David Menzies, Director of Practice, ICAS;
- Karen Hurst, Policy Officer, Association of British Credit Unions, and
- Dermot O'Neill, Chief Executive, Scottish League of Credit Unions
On 6 September the Committee wrote to the Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills. The Minister responded on 9 September.
The Committee took evidence on the 10 September. The Committee heard from the Accountant in Bankruptcy:
- Richard Dennis, the Accountant in Bankruptcy and Agency Chief Executive
- Alex Reid, Head of Policy Development
- Kelly Donohoe, Head of Debt Arrangement Scheme & Trust Deeds
On 10 September, David Menzies, Director of Practice at ICAS wrote to the Committee in relation to the response from the Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills. Alan McIntosh also wrote to the Committee following the evidence session on 10 September.
On 11 September the Committee wrote to the Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills. The Minister responded on 13 September.
The Accountant in Bankruptcy wrote to the Committee on 13 September to provide a note on the recent consultation on Protected Trust Deeds. He also corrected he made in the evidence session on 10 September.
The Committee considered the Regulations at its meeting on 17 September, the Regulations were agreed to by division.
On 13 November, the Committee wrote Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills to highlight the issues raised during its consideration of the regulations. The Minister responded on 4 December.
On 19 November, the Committee received a joint letter from Citizens Advice Scotland and Money Advice Scotland regarding funding of the free advice sector. The Committee replied on 3 December.