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Scott and Co Debt Collectors – Should You Pay?

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MoneyNerd’s founder, Scott Nelson, has a decade of financial industry experience, including 6 years in FCA regulated loan and credit card companies. Troubled by a lack of conscience in the industry, he founded MoneyNerd to give genuine advice to those in debt and struggling financially.

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· Feb 6th, 2024
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Have you received a letter from Scott and Co Debt Collectors? If so, don’t worry. We’re here to help you understand what this means and what you can do about it. 

This article will answer common questions like:

  •  Is Scott and Co a real debt collectors firm?
  •  Where did this debt come from?
  •  Should I pay this debt?
  •  What happens if I can’t afford to pay?
  •  Can I stop them from taking more action?

Each month, over 170,000 people visit our website to get guidance on debt issues, so you’re not alone in this.

Research shows that 64% of UK adults find interactions with current debt collectors stressful1. So, we truly understand how you feel and are here to help. 

Let’s dive in and learn more about Scott and Co Debt Collectors and what you can do if they contact you.

Could you legally write off some debt?

There are several debt solutions in the UK, choosing the right one for you could write off some of your unaffordable debt, but the wrong one may be expensive and drawn out.

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How much debt do you have?

This isn’t a full fact find. MoneyNerd doesn’t give advice. We work with The Debt Advice Service who provide information about your options.

Why have I received a letter from Scott and Co?

Scott and Co will get in touch with you if you owe money and they have been asked to retrieve it.

You’ll start receiving Scott & Co debt collection notices through the post as they are working on behalf of a client.

While they work with many private companies, they do a lot of public sector work and often get in touch regarding unpaid council tax bills2.

If you have missed payments on council tax, you will receive a notice asking you to pay the owed tax within seven days with an option of instalment payments.

Following this, you’ll receive another letter asking for payment within fourteen days with no instalment option.

If the bill remains unpaid after this period, the council will obtain a summary warrant3 from the Sheriff’s court – this is where Scott and Co come into it.

The local authority will pass your details on to Scott and Co and they will get in touch. 

Typical Debt Collection Process

I’ve put together this quick table to help you better understand the debt collector timeline and the actions involved. For more information, be sure to check out our specialized guide.

Stage Actions What you should do:
Missing one or two small payments Calls and letters from the debt collector asking for payment. They may enquire about reasons for missing payments. Contact the debt collector and offer to pay what you can. If you are struggling to pay the debt, get in touch with us to explore your options.
Missing large or multiple payments Their contact will become more frequent, urgent, and threatening. Contact the debt collection agency and offer to pay what you can. You may also make a complaint if you think the letters are a form of harassment.
Debt collector visit After a few months, if the debt is significant (£200+) you will receive notice of a debt collector visit. They have to notify you before arriving. Debt collectors cannot take anything from your home – they may only ask for payment. If a debt collector shows up at your home, ask them to show proof of the debt and their ID through a window. Do not open your door or let them in. You can arrange a payment plan with the debt collector, but make sure to get a receipt of this.
Court If you still do not pay your debts to the original lender/debt collector agency, they will take you to court and either attempt to:
– File a CCJ against you.
– File an attachment of earnings order.
– File a lawsuit against you.
You must show up to your court date. From here, you can either dispute the debt, or the judge will likely suggest a manageable repayment plan for you.

Unpaid Council Tax and Scott & Co

As mentioned, Scott & Co are tasked to recover council tax arrears.

So, if you fail to make your repayments to your local council on time, you will receive a notification in the form of reminder letters from your local council.

Within 7 days, you will receive a reminder requesting that you make the payment. It will also give you the option to make the repayment in the form of instalments.

Failing to make your payment at this point will cause them to send you another reminder within 14 days.

Only this time, the option to make your payment in the form of instalments will have been revoked.

If you still don’t make your payment, then your local council can apply to the Sherriff Court for a summary warrant. If this warrant is granted, then they can pass your debt onto Scott and Co Edinburgh.

How a debt solution could help

Some debt solutions can:

  1. Stop nasty calls from creditors
  2. Freeze interest and charges
  3. Reduce your monthly payments

A few debt solutions can even result in writing off some of your debt.

Here’s an example:


Situation

Monthly income £2,504
Monthly expenses £2,345
Total debt £32,049

Monthly debt repayments

Before £587
After £158

£429 reduction in monthly payments

If you want to learn what debt solutions are available to you, click the button below to get started.

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What happens if I don’t pay?

The average unsecured debt has increased by 25% year-on-year, rising to £13,9414. So it’s common for people to struggle with debt. If you find yourself in this situation and can’t pay Scott & Co, it’s important to talk to them so you can arrange an instalment plan.

However, if you refuse to pay, the consequences can be extreme.

If you are unable or refuse to pay, the council can use ‘diligence’5, which is an enforcement right they can pass onto Scott and Co. This gives Scott and Co the right to act in the following ways to recoup the debt: 

1.  Earnings arrestment

When you fail to make an attempt to pay, Scott and Co can contact your employer and request that they take payments directly from your wages until the debt and Scott and Co’s fees have been paid.

However, you will be sent an information package about debt advice 12 weeks prior to your earnings arrestment summons.

This can be deterred by applying for a Time to Pay Order

2. Bank arrestment

Scott and Co have the power to freeze your bank account.

It will then remain frozen until you agree to pay a sum to clear your debt or begin making repayments.

After 14 weeks, the bank releases the sum Scott and Co have applied for without needing your consent.

Having your account frozen can be harmful because your direct debits and other payments will not be made, meaning that you may incur fees for other late bills.

If Scott and Co decide to take this action, they have to leave at least £494.01 in your bank. You can also apply for more if this would cause serious hardship.

Again, a Time to Pay Order can halt this action.

Will Scott and Co be able to Come into my Home?

Our financial expert, Janine, says: ‘I understand that having a debt collector at your door can be scary, especially when you are already under huge financial stress. It’s crucial that you stay calm and know your rights. They have no power to enter your home or take any of your possessions.’

If they try to enter your property, they may be breaking the law, and you can contact the police.

Debt collection agencies collect debt on behalf of another company who you owe the money to, for instance, banks, credit card companies and even the council. In short, debt collector home visits are highly regulated.

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How can I get help?

If it’s not possible to get Scott and Co to agree to a repayment plan you are comfortable with or they will not agree to one at all, then are several options available to you:

  • A debt management plan – An agreement to make manageable monthly payments between you and your creditors. 
  • A debt consolidation loan – A specialized loan that can help you pay off debt with more than one creditor with one affordable monthly repayment. 
  • A minimal asset process – A type of bankruptcy available in Scotland for those on a low income or with little asset wealth. Some debt could be written off here too. 
  • A Scottish trust deed – This will get you to pay manageable amounts across 48 months, with the remaining debt forgiven. 
  • A debt arrangement scheme – Similar to a management plan, it will let you pay over a agreed upon amount of time at an affordable rate. 
  • IVA – This is a repayment scheme for those with unmanageable amounts of debt. 
  • Bankruptcy – Sequestering yourself can help to clear your debts you can’t afford but has a serious knock-on effect to your credit score. 

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How do I stop additional action from Scott & Co?

The simplest course of action is to pay the debt you owe.

If it’s not possible to pay the debt upfront, get in touch with Scott and Co and try to arrange a debt repayment plan.

Debt repayment plans with Scott & Co are possible, but I suggest you contact the debt collector as soon as possible after seeking debt advice from an expert, that is.

You can apply for a Time to Pay Order which will halt the proceedings to give you time to make smaller payments to settle the debt.

Alternatively, you can arrange a Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS) which will freeze interest and stop any proceedings, allowing you time to make payments. 

It’s important to note that 10% of the stated debt will be applied to council tax warrants. This is to pay for the administration costs for acquiring the summary warrant.

Other debts may also incur a similar charge and will be stated clearly in your correspondence. 

Testimonial

“I missed my council tax payments last year over two months (2 payments) and subsequently was handed over to Scott and Co to set up a repayment plan and a direct debit. I was told I had to pay around £230 a month back over the same period (my normal payment was £175).” (From AnotherAngryCitizen at MoneySavingExpert.com)

Can I complain about Scott and Co?

Yes, it is possible to make complaints if you’ve been unfairly treated.

It’s always better to write to them via letter or email to maintain a physical copy of your correspondence. 

Make sure that your letter/email states clearly that it is a complaint, so it’s handled by the right team. 

Be as polite as possible and try to resolve your grievances directly with the company.

To do this, contact them via: 

Phone: 0131 477 8900
Email: [email protected] 
Post: Complaints Manager, Scott & Co (Scotland) LLP, 12 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh EH3 7QG

If this is not possible, you can take your complaint to the Credit Services Association. They can be contacted via:

Post: Credit Services Association, 2 Esh Plaza, Sir Bobby Robson Way, Great Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE13 9BA
Email: [email protected]

Scott and Co Contact Details

Address: Head Office
9 Melville Crescent Edinburgh
EH3 7LZ

Aberdeen
16 Queen’s Road Aberdeen
AB15 4ZT

Dundee
The Prudential Building, 31 Albert Square
DD1 1DJ

Dunfermline
22a East Port Dunfermline
KY12 7JB

Galashiels
50/52 High Street Galashiels
TD1 1SE

Glasgow
279 Bath Street
G2 4JL

Inverness
29 Innes Street Inverness
IV1 1NP
Phone: 0333 320 6871
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://www.scottandco.uk.com/

Frequently Asked Questions about Scott and Co

Here are some of the most common questions I get asked about action by Scott and Co and what you need to know:

Who do Scott and Co collect for?
Scott and Co mainly collect debts for Scottish Local Authorities and their website claims to be the “largest provider of debt collection and enforcement services” for those local authorities.
Do you need to pay Scott and Co?
Yes and No. If Scott & Co cannot prove that the debt is yours or they don’t claim it within 6 years then you do not have to pay. However, if you’re certain the debt is yours and you can afford to pay then you yes you need to pay them.
Can Scott and Co enter my house?
No. Without a court order, Scott and Co (or any agency or debt collector) cannot enter your home without your consent.
Can Scott and Co take my personal belongings?
Yes. If they have a relevant attachment order, they can remove your assets. They will need an exceptional attachment order as mentioned above to enter the home, however.

Make sure you ask to see this order before they enter your property.
How do I prevent Scott and Co writing to me?
Yes, you can write to them directly to ask them to stop sending you letters. It must be a written request, but this is usually sufficient to stop them from contacting you.
Can Scott and Co take me to court?
Yes. If you owe them money and don’t pay, then they can sue you. If they win, you will be issued with an order to pay the debt.

Any protected property or assets cannot be taken. But you will incur court costs that you will be responsible for.
What is a ‘prove the debt’ letter?
If you are unaware of any debt or don’t believe you owe the debt, you can send a letter asking that the agency prove that you owe the money.

If you’re unsure what to write, a letter template can be found at Money Advice Online.
Can I legally write off my debt?
If you qualify, you can legally write debt off using a Scottish Trust Deed. This can protect your assets from repossession.
Can I Complain about sheriff’s officers?
Yes. This should be done directly to Scott and Co first but if they fail to resolve the issue then you can refer the complaint to the Sheriff Principal or the SMASO via:

Post: Society of Messengers-at-Arms and Sheriff Officers (SMASO), Forth House, 28 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, EH1 2BW
Could you legally write off some debt?

There are several debt solutions in the UK, choosing the right one for you could write off some of your unaffordable debt, but the wrong one may be expensive and drawn out.

Answer below to get started.

How much debt do you have?

This isn’t a full fact find. MoneyNerd doesn’t give advice. We work with The Debt Advice Service who provide information about your options.

References

  1. Indebted Debt Collection Survey
  2. Citizens Advice – Dealing with Council Tax arrears
  3. Wage Arrestment Expert – What is a Summary Warrant?
  4. StepChange Statistics Yearbook
  5. National Debtline – Diligence (Scotland)

CONC 7.3 Treatment of customers in default or arrears (including repossessions): lenders, owners and debt collectors

CONC 7.9 Contact with customers

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MoneyNerd’s founder, Scott Nelson, has a decade of financial industry experience, including 6 years in FCA regulated loan and credit card companies. Troubled by a lack of conscience in the industry, he founded MoneyNerd to give genuine advice to those in debt and struggling financially.