Local Authority Forum 2014

What can we expect from the new Bankruptcy Bill, how will the common financial assessment tool work in practice and what strategies are being employed across Scotland to encourage citizens and businesses to pay what they owe in terms of Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rates?

These are just some of the issues and discussion points which were debated by Scottish Local Authorities, Walker Love and Claire Orr from the Accountant in Bankruptcy at Walker Love’s Local Authority Forum at the end of 2013.

The next Forum is scheduled to take place in May 2014. The agenda and guest speakers will be published on these pages shortly. To attend, send an email to Chris Bell.

If you would like to receive a copy of our Forum briefing which contains features on the new Bankruptcy and Debt Advice (Scotland) Bill, the new protected trust deed regulations, money attachments: when to use and not to use and a special focus piece on the methods, approaches and joint working arrangements that have been put in place at a Scottish Local Authority, please send Chris Bell and email and he will send a copy of the Briefing to you.

The collection strategies and tactics developed by local authorities across Scotland do differ due to their own diverse demographic and geographic differences, however there is one constant which runs through all – the key to improving collection receipts and performance is largely due to improving debtor profiling, systematic targeting and sharing intelligence with other authorities and debt recovery partners. Find out how one Local Authority has improved monies collected significantly over the last couple of years by requesting a copy of Walker Love’s Local Authority Briefing.

For further information on the Bankruptcy and Debt Advice (Scotland) Bill, which is due to come into force in April 2015 >click here.