A Debt Management Plan is an informal solution but that doesn't mean that it shouldn't be carefully considered before entering into it. We have compiled a list of the most commonly asked Debt Management Questions below. Have a read through them if you are considering debt management as a way of dealing with your problem debts. If you have any further questions about your debts then call us on freephone 0800 043 3328 or simply fill in the form on this page and one of our debt advisors will contact you to discuss your query further.
A debt management plan is a simple and informal process designed to reduce and clear all outstanding debts without obtaining further credit. A debt management company will deal directly with your creditors and negotiate on your behalf, freezing interest and charges whenever possible. Your monthly debt repayments are reduced down to one affordable monthly repayment.
It is an Informal and flexible arrangement to suit you.
Payments are tailor made to suit your individual needs.
You do not have to release equity from property.
You will repay all of your debts.
The agreement can be preferred by creditors.
Your details will not be put on an Insolvency Register.
A Debt Management Plan deals with unsecured debts such as: loans, credit cards, store cards and bank overdrafts. Secured debts such as your mortgage or HP agreements are prioritised in your income and expenditure, so you do not fall behind on payments with those.
How much you pay into a Debt Management Plan is dependent on several factors such as income, expenditure and personal circumstances. The good thing about your payment is you will only pay what you can realistically afford.
No, but you do need a source of income that is more than you require for living expenses.
It is up to your debt management company to successfully negotiate with your creditors on getting your offer accepted. Most reputable companies should be successful at liaising with your creditors. A creditor does not have to accept a reduced payment or to freeze interest and charges and this may result in your repayment term being extended. There is also no guarantee that any existing or threatened proceedings will be suspended or withdrawn. Any further collection actions may incur costs that will normally be added to the debt.
No, your employer does not need to find out about your debt management plan. It should be private and confidential.
It depends on the debt management company that you do your debt management plan with and whether or not they charge fees for their service. Make sure and investigate this because fees for some debt management companies vary greatly.
Yes a Debt Management Plan might affect your credit rating. Because you will be negotiating a reduction in your monthly payments, and you are no longer repaying the agreed amount to your creditors, a note of this may be made on your credit report. If you currently have arrears or a history of missed payments or late payments your credit rating will already be affected. Records are retained by the credit reference agency for 6 years.
The length of the plan depends on your own personal circumstances, your repayment amount and your debt level. It is an informal agreement so you will be able to opt out at any time, but you will still be liable to pay the remaining debts, should you opt out.
A Debt management plan is flexible and informal so you can amend it at any time.
If you need help with paying your debts, simply get in touch with us on 0800 043 3328 or contact us by filling in a form and we will get in touch with you.
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A couple were jointly paying creditors over £700 per month. We were able to have this payment reduced to £300 per month, with all interest and charges frozen. After 8 months of paying this reduced sum, they proposed to remortgage their home. This was successful and they released £19,000. Their creditors accepted this as a full and final settlement of their debts.
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