Charities express concerns about Bankruptcy and Debt Advice Bill
Advice charities told the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee they were supportive of the general principles of the Bankruptcy and Debt Advice (Scotland) Bill but had concerns about some sections of the proposed legislation, on 30 October 2013.
The new bankruptcy legislation aims to strike a better balance between the rights of debtors and the rights of creditors.
They also warned their services were coming under increasing pressure due to the introduction of Universal Credit and welfare reform.
Mr Dryburgh said the "huge pressure" on Citizens Advice Bureaus was not just about increasing numbers but increasing complexity of cases and it was "imperative" they were adequately resourced to meet these increased demands.
Concerns raised about the bill included increasing contribution periods from 36 to 48 months for debtors, the fee for bankruptcy and the absence of any mention of the problems that undischarged bankrupts experience retaining their bank account.
Rachel Grant from the Law Society of Scotland; Russell Hamblin-Boone from Consumer Finance Association and Euan McPherson from Lloyds Banking Group also gave evidence.