What is an IVA?

An IVA (short for Individual Voluntary Arrangement) is a formal debt solution that can help you deal with debts that you cannot afford to pay. It may be a suitable solution for you if you are struggling to keep up with your monthly debt repayments.

Because an IVA is a legal arrangement, it must be negotiated with the help of a professional called an Insolvency Practitioner who will liase between you (the debtor) and the people you owe money to (the creditors).

An IVA allows you to pay back what you can afford towards your debts. The remaining debt is only written off when you successfully complete your plan.

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* An IVA may not be suitable in all circumstances. Fees may apply. Your credit rating may be affected.

How does an IVA work?

With the help of your Insolvency Practitioner you agree to pay off a percentage of your debt that you can afford, over a given period of time, by means of monthly payments (usally over a period of 60 months), or in a lump sum amount.

An IVA is a legally binding process governed by The Insolvency Act 1986. When your creditors agree to an IVA, both you and they are bound by the terms of the arrangement.

The Insolvency Practitioner calculates your monthly debt repayments by analysing your income, expenses, living situation and total debts and determining what you can realistically afford. They are responsible for setting up your proposal and negotiating your payments with your creditors. They will also oversee and maintain your plan for the duration of the agreement.

Can I set up an IVA?

An IVA is only suitable for people in certain circumstances. You must be deemed insolvent or unable to pay your debts as they fall due. If you resonate with any of the criteria below, it might be worth seeking help for your debts and finding out if an IVA is an option for you.

Criteria for Potential Insolvency

  • You have missed debt repayments.
  • You owe money to more than one creditor.
  • You feel you can no longer afford to pay your debts.
  • You are struggling to keep up with with your monthly debt repayments.
  • Your quality of life is suffering as a result of trying to keep up with payments.
  • Your other essential bills and household expenses aren't getting paid, because of your debts.
  • If you excluded your contracted debt repayments from your monthly living expenses, you might have a surplus income each month.

If you feel like you need help with your debts after looking at the criteria above please get in touch with us for some advice. We will be happy help you and assess your financial situation. You can also fill in the IVA Calculator on our website to get an idea of what your payment might be. Just click on the menu above.

Every Arrangement is unique. Your monthly payments are determined by things like your employment, income, expenditure, number of debts and your living situation.

Your IVA will be successful if more than 75% (by debt value) of the creditors involved agree to the terms of the arrangement. Click here to read our IVA FAQ for more information.

NOTE: We will only ever put forward an IVA proposal if we believe it will be accepted by your creditors. We do not charge upfront fees for setting up your proposal, so in the unlikely event it is not accepted by creditors, you wont have to pay a single thing. Be wary of companies charging upfront fees for your IVA proposal. You could end up paying £100's for a proposal that is not accepted, leaving you in a worse financial position than before.

IVA Pros and Cons

As with any formal insolvency solution there are both advantages and disadvantages that will apply. You must make sure to consider everything carefully before you enter into this kind of arrangement. We have detailed the main pros and cons below.

Pros of an IVA

  • An IVA consists of 1 easy affordable monthly payment which is distributed to your creditors on a pro rata basis.
  • Any remaining debts are written off on completion.
  • You are protected from your creditors.
  • Creditor pressure is stopped as creditors must deal with us.
  • You will usually be debt free in 5 years, or you could be debt free in as little as 1 year if you can offer a lump sum payment towards your debts.
  • All interest and charges are frozen when your arrangement is accepted.
  • It is a solution that is suitable for tenants, homeowners, individuals, couples, families and business owners.
  • Your credit rating is affected, but it will start to repair after your IVA is finished.
  • We can setup an IVA in as little as a few weeks, so don't worry if your situation needs urgent attention.
  • We do not charge any upfront fees, saving you £100s.

cons of an IVA

  • If you are a homeowner with equity in your property you may be required to introduce part of your share of this equity in the final year of the arrangement. A remortgage may be restricted and on less favourable terms. If you can’t get a remortgage your arrangement can be extended for up to another year.
  • If your circumstances change, and your insolvency practitioner can’t get creditors to accept amended terms, your IVA is likely to fail. You will still owe your creditors the full amount of what you owed them at the start, less whatever has been paid to them under your IVA.
  • If your IVA fails, your creditors may request that you be made bankrupt. This will always be discussed before your arrangement commences.
  • Your credit rating may be impacted for up to six years from the commencement of your IVA.
  • Repaying debt over a longer period may increase the total amount to be repaid.

the IVA process

STEP 1: When you contact us for debt advice, we will have a chat about your current financial situation, including an assessment of your income, outgoings and your debts. We will let you know all options available for addressing your debts, so that you can have a think about what is the best approach for you.

STEP 2: If you decide that you want to proceed with an IVA, our team will begin working on your IVA proposal. We will only put forward a proposal if we think an IVA is the best solution for you and if the majority of your creditors will accept it. Because of this we have a very high acceptance rate.

Your proposal will state your intention and plan of repayment to your creditors. The repayment structure is normally 60 monthly payments, but you could do a lump sum IVA depending on your circumstances.

STEP 3: Once everything has been agreed with you, a copy of your proposal is sent to the relevant creditors. We then gather their votes to accept or reject the proposal. If your IVA is approved, your payments can begin. We will remain with you at every stage throughout the process, should you need to contact us. All communication with your creditors can be done through us.

NOTE: Anything we discuss is done so in total confidence and is with no obligation.

1: If you are struggling with debt repayments, contact us. We understand that reaching out for debt help is not easy, so we have a handy Online Debt Chat facility on our website, in case you are nervous about speaking on the phone initially. We can also have initial conversations via email if this is something you feel more comfortable with.

2: If you don't think an IVA is right for you, then feel free to contact us for some information on what other options may be available for you; such as Bankruptcy or Debt Management. We will also be happy to signpost you to an apropriate provider or charity if you choose a debt solution that we cannot help with.

Why choose McCambridge Duffy?

Reputation and Experience

Having been in Business for well over 80 years, we are one of the UKs leading IVA Providers. We specialise in both personal and Business IVAs. We have a dedicated team of advisors and In-House Insolvency Practitioners who are well known for their exceptional Customer Service. Click here to see what some of our clients have to say on independent review site TrustPilot, about the service we provide.

High Acceptance Rate

We have an amazing acceptance rate for IVAs proposed. We know any IVAs we propose will have a great chance of being accepted. We also fight very hard for every client to make sure their IVA proposal is carefully considered by the creditors. Our proposals will always be based on something that is affordable and because of this every IVA we propose will be unique.

Customer Service

We have an excellent customer care team. We are a family run company and our advisors have all been with us for many years. They are highly trained and will be able to answer any question quickly and professionally. You will also find us very friendly.

Fast Set Up

We get to work on your case immediately. We usually have an IVA in place within several weeks.

No Upfront Fees

Unlike some of our competitors, we do not charge any upfront fees for putting forward your IVA Proposal. If your IVA application is unsuccessful, you will never receive a bill from us.

IVA fees

1: Everything regarding an IVA and the fees involved is explained fully, before we put any IVA proposal forward. It is free to put forward an IVA proposal with McCambridge Duffy. We do not charge any upfront fees for drafting and submitting your Proposal. In the event that your IVA proposal is unsuccessful, then you will not be charged a penny from us. In saying that, we would only put a case forward if we believe it will be a successful one for both you and your creditors.

2: On successful application of an IVA, fees for managing the arrangement are deducted from your affordable monthly payment (or from your agreed lump sum payment). You will never be asked for additional fees or receive a bill from us. Fees are determined by the creditors (no matter which provider you use).

3: We are the longest established IVA provider in the UK and have thousands of happy clients. We also have one of the highest success rates in the industry.

4: We have 5 full time Insolvency Practitioners in house, giving us a wealth of experience and knowledge. You can read more about our fees and key information by clicking here,

Call us now on 0800 043 3328 for confidential, no obligation IVA advice.


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IVA Example

Example of an IVA

In the IVA example pictured above, our client was struggling with payments of £600 per month to their creditors. We were able to reduce the payment to £240 per month. After 60 months of paying this reduced amount, their IVA will be complete. Any remaining debts will be written off and they will be able to start over debt free.

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