Money Advice Service Release Recommendations for Changes to UK Debt Solutions

The UK Money Advice Service have released its recommendations for change for UK debt solutions (albeit only a couple of the recommendations will impact on Scottish debt solutions).

The recommendations are contained in a report that can be downloaded here and follows on from a comprehensive study that was carried out by the Money Advice Service into UK debt solutions.

In carrying out the research, the Money Advice Service and the University of Bristol engaged with the Money Advice Sector through expert workshops, interviews, group discussions and a consultation process, which approximately 60 individuals and organisations responded to.

A summary of the recommendations are:

  • A review into fees for debtor applications for bankruptcy in England, Wales and Northern Ireland;
  • The re-introductoon of fee remissions for low-income applicants;
  • Better online information about going bankrupt;
  • More prominent and easy to understand information and tools on the online bankruptcy application portal;
  • Further exploration of debt rehabilitation, including better recognition of debt repayment;
  • The introduction of a statutory debt management scheme for England, Wales and Northern Ireland;
  • Innovations in the equity release market for people who are asset rich, but cash poor;
  • The development of one online income and expenditure portal.