Thu., July 24, 2014The number of recorded personal insolvencies has reached its lowest level in nearly a decade, according to official figures, BBC News reported. The Scottish government said more people were using its debt payment programmes to manage their finances. Enterprise Minister Fergus Ewing described the figures as "encouraging". However, the figures also showed a rise in corporate insolvencies, with 250 Scottish firms failing in the second quarter of 2014. The official statistics published by the Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) showed a 25.8% decrease in the number of personal insolvencies from the same quarter the previous year. The recorded number of personal insolvencies, including both bankruptcies and protected trust deeds (PTDs), are now at their lowest recorded level since the first quarter of 2005-06. PTDs have fallen in popularity as Scots take advantage of government debt payment programmes (DPPs), which allow people to pay off their debt over a longer period rather than transfer their estate to a trustee to avoid bankruptcy, as is necessary under a PTD.