For over 20 years, CAP has been providing free debt help in Scotland. CAP Scotland helps hundreds of people get out of debt every year, equipping them to withstand whatever storms may come their way in the future.
All CAP services are run through local churches. Our holistic, face-to-face* approach means we can provide practical debt help and make sure you have a supportive community around you through whatever challenges you are facing. We will help find you the best route to get out of debt, and walk with you every step of the way.
Churches also partner with CAP to run local community groups that tackle poverty at the root. These include Job Clubs, Fresh Start, Life Skills and CAP Money Courses.
*We’re keeping an eye on Government guidelines around the pandemic and constantly adapting our services as necessary. The safety of our clients, staff and volunteers is always our top priority.
CAP Scotland Services
We currently have 22 CAP Debt Centres across Scotland as well as several community groups. To find local CAP services near you, please enter your postcode.
If you can’t see a Debt Centre in your area, don’t worry – just give us a call on 0800 328 0006. One of our friendly team will chat through the options with you, and we might still be able to help you.
To find help near you fill in your postcode below and find your nearest service centre.
Routes out of debt
There are many different routes to get out of debt. CAP’s specially trained Debt Advisors will walk you through all the suitable and recommended options to become debt free, based on your individual circumstances.
Debt Management Plan through CAP
CAP will set up payment arrangements with each of your creditors. You will make one single payment to CAP each month. We will distribute this between your creditors as agreed, repaying your debts over time.
Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS)
CAP can help you apply for a debt payment plan under a DAS. This is a statutory debt management plan set up by the Scottish government which allows you to repay your debts with a single monthly payment. A DAS also stops creditors from taking further action against you.
Full & Final Settlements
If you are able to sell any property you own, we can help see your debts settled using the money that this sale releases.
This is also known as bankruptcy, and results in your debts being written off. CAP will explain the consequences and help you through the whole process of preparing, completing and submitting an application.
Minimal Assets Process (MAP)
This is a version of bankruptcy, typically for those on benefits, or lower incomes, with relatively small amounts of debt. CAP will check that you qualify for this before helping you with the application and submitting it for you.
Protected Trust Deed
This is a legally binding agreement made between you and your creditors. You will agree to make regular payments for a fixed time, at the end of which your debts will be written off. CAP can assess if this is a suitable option and, if so, help you to contact an appropriate agency that can create this for you.
Meet the CAP Scotland team
National Director (Scotland) & Head of Job Clubs
Emma directs the work of CAP Scotland, building relationships with the third sector, statutory and Government agencies and churches. Emma represents CAP Scotland within the CAP UK leadership team, and oversees CAP Job Clubs throughout the UK.
Scotland Team and Area Manager, West of Scotland
Gordon works with CAP Scotland partner churches to help support and grow their Debt Centres, Job Clubs and Life Skills groups, mainly in the west of Scotland.
Area Manager, East of Scotland
Duncan works with CAP Scotland partner churches to help support and grow their Debt Centres, Job Clubs and Life Skills groups across the east of Scotland, from the Lothians through Forth Valley, Fife, the Highlands and Aberdeenshire.
Church Partnerships Manager
Colin helps raise awareness of CAP among the church community in Scotland. He works with churches that are thinking of partnering with CAP, helping them identify the right services for their community and understand what’s involved in running a CAP service
Scotland Funding Manager
Abi explores funding opportunities to strengthen and sustain the work of CAP Scotland. She builds relationships with CAP supporters and those in the third sector, and helps CAP Scotland partner churches to prepare grant and trust applications.
Working in partnership
We like to work collaboratively across the third sector in Scotland and are members of these organisations.
The Poverty Alliance is Scotland’s anti-poverty network. They bring together campaigners and communities to rebalance the distribution of power and resources.
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is the national membership organisation for the voluntary sector. They champion the sector, providing services and debating big issues.
Money Advice Scotland
Money Advice Scotland exists to help people in debt, support money advisors, and influence policy. Their goal is financial wellbeing for people in Scotland.
Get in touch
CAP Scotland, Central Hall, 2 West Tollcross, Edinburgh EH3 9BP