Ms G asked: I have about £18,000 of debts which I can't afford to pay after my partner left. I am part-time at work, with very little money and renting, but I have been told I will be made redundant in November. I should get about £2,500 redundancy pay and I will need that while I look for a proper job - I won't get Universal Credit straight away. So is it best to wait and apply for a Debt Relief … [Read more...]
A reader asks ...
Readers have asked a huge variety of questions in the comments below Debt Camel articles. From credit ratings and mortgages to payday loan refunds and IVAs...
Some of them needed such long replies that I have turned them into the articles that are gathered here.
A reader, Mr W, asked: I had credit cards and got myself in a mess when getting balance transfers but keeping the old cards. Then I lost my job last year, but I am now working again. I have defaults ranging from 2015 to last month. All my debts add up to about £6,500. Many of them have offered me a discount if I clear the outstanding balance. I have been offered a 20% discount on a £3,500 … [Read more...]
A reader asked: I am thinking of filing for bankruptcy. Some of my debts go back quite few years. I tried a DMP and an IVA that failed. I’m behind on my household Bills too. I’m single mum and find hard to cope with all this stress. I finally plucked the courage to do the form. I have at least 13 creditors, some of these details I took off my IVA creditors list but some have passed the debts … [Read more...]
There are thousands of people in Britain in 2020 who will know how Mr D feels when he asked: We moved into our own place 18 months ago. I have have had to ask for my overdraft limit to be increased several times when I can't afford the bills. It is now at £2,000 and I am paying more than £60 a month in fees. I am trying to reduce it but really struggling as I am the only one working while my … [Read more...]
A reader asked: I’m a single parent and have had about 10k of debts in a debt management plan for several years. I’m on low income and it looks like it will never end plus I have got some further debts. Now I’m considering a Debt Relief Order (DRO). But I met someone and I’m thinking about starting to live together. I don’t want to tell him about my debts and really want to sort this out … [Read more...]
A reader asked: I got a car loan last September because I had better credit than my partner. She has been paying it off since the start by transferring the money to my bank account. Now the question is, would it be possible to transfer the loan to my partner so it's completely in her name? And if so would it move off my credit report? You can't "transfer" a loan The simple answer is No. … [Read more...]
A reader, Mr P, asked: I have debts of around £30,000 on five credit cards and loans, which I couldn't pay from last summer. A Debt Management Plan (DMP) was set up a couple of months ago. This will take about ten years to pay off. The DMP firm suggested an IVA or bankruptcy as I'm not a homeowner but I do not really want to get into an IVA or bankruptcy as these will affect my credit score … [Read more...]
A reader asked: I really want to stop renting and own my own house. But I'm in my mid thirties and my credit score is very poor. I've been careless and sometimes stupid, there were two defaults in 2018 and several more before that. None of them yet repaid. I've not used my credit card since January but the balance is huge. Can this be done? Is it worth trying to fix this? You have to decide … [Read more...]
A reader asked: I went bankrupt in March 2017 and discharged in 2018. I am not paying an IPA. My question is about savings. Can I save now without any risk of my savings being taken from me? Also my grandmother wants to put a large sum of money in my name but I’m not sure if it would be safe so the last thing I want is for her to lose money, so I’ve been reluctant to do it. This article looks … [Read more...]
A reader asked: When I separated from my husband a few years ago, the bank wouldn't split our joint loan so I could pay off my share. I set up a standing order to pay him my half each month and he said he would pay the bank. I always paid him but he missed three loan payments. I now have a default recorded against me. When I found out afterwards he said it was the bank's fault and his account … [Read more...]