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Justice Committee Bankruptcy

The Justice Committee voted down an attempt by Scottish Labour to block an increase in bankruptcy fees for those on low incomes, on 22 May 2012.

Finance Secretary John Swinney had given evidence to explain why the new regulations which come into force in June would double the fees paid from £100 to £200.

North East MSP, Labour's Jenny Marra said the move was "insensitive" when many were struggling with debt and moved a motion to annul the order.

Six committee members however voted against the motion, with the two Labour MSPs voting for it.

Finance Secretary, John Swinney told MSPs the cost rise was unavoidable and said access to fair and just debt management was a key priority.

Mr Swinney added the Scottish fee was "significantly lower" than fees charged across UK and stressed the application fee could be paid by instalments.

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