We have been designated by the Secretary of State as a Competent Authority under Regulation 3 of The Debt Relief Orders (Designation of Competent Authorities) Regulations 2009. This means that advisers working for members of our network can apply to AdviceUK to become an Approved Intermediary under the scheme. As a Competent Authority, AdviceUK has the power to approve or decline applications and to continue to assess the suitability of applicants as intermediaries under the scheme.
Only advisers working for organisations that are fully paid-up members of our network can apply to us to become an Approved Intermediary under the DRO scheme. Both paid workers and volunteers are eligible to apply.
If you work for an organisation that is not currently a member but is interested in joining our network follow this link to the Become a Member page of this website.
If you are an adviser working for an organisation that is a member of our network and you want to become an Approved Intermediary under the DRO scheme, then you must complete the application form that can be found at the bottom of this page. Please make sure that all sections are completed in full and that all declarations are signed and dated. The completed form should be sent, together with the specified supporting documents, by email to David Hawkes, AdviceUK’s Policy and Campaigns Co-ordinator, at email@example.com.
The Insolvency Service has published statutory requirements which must be satisfied before a Competent Authority can approve an applicant to become an intermediary. AdviceUK is responsible for ensuring that these statutory requirements are met as well as applying our own assessment criteria to measure things such as experience, training and competence. The procedure used by AdviceUK to approve intermediaries can be found at the bottom of this page.
Our special complaints procedure for DRO intermediaries can be found at the bottom of this page.
If you have any enquiries about DRO intermediary status or the application process, please contact David Hawkes, AdviceUK’s Policy and Campaigns Co-ordinator, via the influencing option on our contact us page