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Scottish Diligence Statistics 2022-23

Latest annual official statistics on diligences and Charge for Payment based on information submitted by officers of court

Diligences executed by warrant procedures

The total number of diligences carried out in 2022-23 was 263,570, a 6.7% decrease on the previous year. When compared with prior to the pandemic (2019-20), total diligences carried out decreased by 9.6%.

There are two warrant procedures used to pursue diligence: Summary Warrant and Non-Summary Warrant. Summary Warrant is granted in respect of central and local government debts, and Non-Summary Warrant for all other types of debt. The Summary Warrant procedure is further disaggregated to show those granted for the enforcement of council tax.

Further comparisons on warrant procedures shown in Table 1 below.

Table 1. Diligences executed by warrant procedures (all diligence processes)
Warrant procedure 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 Annual Change
Summary Warrant (council tax) 239,535 240,890 114,545 255,395 240,490 -5.8%
Other Summary Warrant 6,315 5,600 1,390 4,820 5,150 6.8%
Non-Summary Warrant 26,840 45,040 10,730 22,280 17,930 -19.5%
Total diligences executed 272,690 291,535 126,665 282,495 263,570 -6.7%
Source: Officers of court

The majority (91.2%) of total diligences executed in 2022-23 were served under the Summary Warrant procedure in respect of council tax debts. Diligences executed in respect of council tax debts decreased by 5.8% compared with 2021-22. Since 2011-12, diligences executed in respect of council tax debts have increased by 28.4%.

Other Summary Warrant includes other types of local and central government taxes, duties and levies. Diligences executed under this warrant procedure increased by 6.8% in 2022-23 compared to the previous year. This 2022-23 level is similar to levels seen prior to the pandemic.

For the Non-Summary Warrant procedure, diligences executed decreased by 19.5% from 22,280 in 2021-22 to 17,930 in 2022-23.

Chart 2 shows that the Non-Summary Warrant procedure has been subject to change in recent years. This is due to legislative changes and customer requirements of officers of court.

Chart 2 shows the number of diligences executed by warrant procedures between 2011-12 and 2022-23. This chart shows that Non-Summary Warrant diligences remain below pre-pandemic levels.

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