Government Approved Schemes
The government approved schemes for paying of your debts depend on:
For an overview of the options available go to this link.
A Debt Management Plan is an agreement to pay your creditors via a licenced debt management company. For details of eligibility and how to set up a Debt Management Plan, follow this link.
An Administration Order is a way of helping to settle a county court or High Court judgment, if the debt is less than £5,000. For details of eligibility and how to set up an Administration Order, follow this link.
An Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) is an agreement to make regular payments to an ‘insolvency practitioner’, who will divide this money between your creditors. For details of eligibility and how to set up an IVA, go to this link.
A Debt Relief Order(DRO) is a way to deal with your debts if you owe less than £15,000, have little spare income and don’t own your home. For details of eligibility and how to set up a DRO, follow this link.
A Fast-track Voluntary Arrangement (FTVA) were a way to deal with your debts if you’ve already been made bankrupt and have assets available that can be sold to pay your creditors. FTVAs have been abolished in England and Wales, so no new ones can be made. Existing FTVAs will continue until they are completed.
Guides to Debt and Borrowing
A comprehensive guide to taking control of debt, getting free debt advice, and how to borrow affordably is avalable from MoneyHelper.
A Guide to Borrowing and Debt, including the best ways to pay off your debts, can be found at AdviserBook.
Prioritise and deal with late payment letters
Comprehensive details of how to prioritise your debts is available from MoneyHelper.
Ignoring late payment letters is the worst thing you can do and will only make the situation worse
Advice on how to prioritise late payment letters is available from AdviserBook.
More information on letters from creditors is available at StepChange Debt Charity.
Debt Collection Agencies
If your debts have been in arrears for a while, or you’ve been sent default notices, you’ll almost certainly start to hear from debt collectors.
For an explanation of why debt collection agencies are involved, follow this link.
Unlike a Bailiff, a debt collector does not hae any special legal powers - a full explanation is available here.
Full details of how debt collectors work and what they can do is available from StepChange Debt Charity.
A County Court Judgment (CCJ) is a court order which tells you to pay money you owe to a debt. It’s one of the actions your creditors can take as part of the debt collection process. Help and advice on how to deal with a CCJ is available at the following links:
Letters and Court Forms
Sample letters and downloadable templates that will help you write to creditors or debt collectors are available at this link.
A library of common court forms and guidance notes to help you respond to the County Court or respond to a statutory demand from creditors is available at this link.
The details of your debts are confidential and your and cannot be discussed or disclosed by your creditors to any third party.
Further details are available at this link.
What to do if your creditor goes into administration
Information on where you stand and what to do if the business that you have a debt with to goes into administration is available from stepchange.org.
Improve Your Credit Rating after a DMP
If you’re close to finishing a debt management plan (DMP) it’s important to spend time working to improve your credit rating to protect your financial future.
More information is available from StepChange MoneyAware.
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