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Trust Deed Scotland® has hailed the passing of a new law bringing an end to the collection of historic poll tax debt in the country.

Last week a new law was passed which ends the collection of historic poll tax debt in Scotland. A Trust Deed Scotland® spokesperson responds to the news.

Trust Deed Scotland® has hailed the passing of a new law bringing an end to the collection of historic poll tax debt in the country. The Community Charge Debt Bill will effectively write off £425million of unpaid bills which relate to the controversial household tax introduced in 1989 by a Tory government.

A proposal to end the debt collection was moved forward by former first minister Alex Salmond last year, as several councils said they would use the details of people who registered to vote in September’s independence referendum to recover outstanding payments. Arrears collected by councils across Scotland fell to £327,000 in 2013-14, with some local authorities already ceasing recovery of the debt.

“The poll tax was a deeply unfair, regressive levy which should never have been introduced in the first place,” said deputy first minister and Finance Secretary, John Swinney. “A Tory government, which Scotland had rejected, imposed the tax on Scotland, and – as was recently confirmed in documents released under the 30-year rule – they were determined that Scotland be a guinea pig for their disastrous tax experiment.”

Trust Deed Scotland®, a leading provider of debt advice for Scottish citizens, takes a keen interest in reports such as this. A spokesperson provided this statement: “It really is great news that collection of this historic poll tax has now ended, and I’m sure Scottish citizens will be celebrating the decision for months to come.“

“Paying the bills is hard enough without having to scramble together even more money for a tax that was abolished years ago. It’s not right that some of the poorest people in the country are left paying off poll tax debt, and it’s great that the Community Charge Debt Bill has now overcome the parliamentary hurdles. If you’re someone who is struggling with debt of any kind then a trust deed could be the answer you’re looking for. Get in touch with us today for advice about how to handle your financial problems.”

Trust Deed Scotland® Ltd is a leading debt advisory service for Scottish residents. They are 100% owned and operated in Scotland, with a 98% Trustpilot rating owing to their free, qualified debt advice. They are able to advise on the suitability of Trust Deeds and a number of alternatives, including The Debt Arrangement Scheme, Debt consolidation and Sequestration.

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