Debt Relief Orders hit milestone

The Insolvency Service (IS) has reported that it processed the 250,000 Debt Relief Order (DRO) in November 2018.

DROs were introduced by the Government in April 2009 as a low cost alternative to Bankruptcy for people with relatively straightforward financial situations.  DROs, which cost £90, are only available to people with less than £20,000 of qualifying debt and with assets worth no more than £1,000.  Twelve months after entering a DRO, all qualifying debt is written-off.

In 2017, the IS processed 24,894 DROs, with women accounting for almost two-thirds (65.4%) of that number.  Since their introduction, the number of DROs has steadily increased and now account for around 25% of all insolvencies.