New section 5A – Debtor applications by low income, low asset debtors
61.Section 5A sets out the conditions under which the new criteria in section 5(2B)(c) will be met. The conditions are set out in subsections (2) to (4) and generally relate to the debtor having a low level of income and a minimal amount of assets. Subsection (5) gives the Scottish Ministers the power to make regulations setting out what income and assets are to be included and how they are to be determined for the purposes of subsections (2) to (4). It also provides the power to add further conditions and to vary or remove those further conditions. The power in subsection (5) is subject to the affirmative resolution procedure of the Scottish Parliament (see new section 72(2) and (3) of the 1985 Act as inserted by section 35 of this Act).