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'time to pay' for council tax arrears

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From April 2008 you can apply to your local sheriff court for 'time to pay' council tax debt in Scotland.  For summary warrants granted prior to April 1st you will need to wait until July 1st before you can make a 'time to pay' application (although you may be able to use the Debt Arrangement Scheme meantime).

This important new right comes from the Bankruptcy & Diligence etc., (Scotland) Act 2007 which extends the time to pay provisions of the Debtors (Scotland) Act 1987 to include tax debts under summary warrant procedure.

If a time to pay application is granted the council cannot found upon arrears to bankrupt you or do 'diligence' against that debt - 'diligence' is the name for debt enforcement such as an earnings arrestment, bank arrestment, an attachment order against cars or an exceptional attachment order against household goods.  

Applying is straight-forward and you can do this yourself, or get free help from a money advisor.

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