A reader asked: I'm being told a DMP would take more than 10 years. Is that too long - I hope my situation will improve? Ten years is a long time. But lots of things can happen during a Debt Management Plan (DMP) which will change the time it may take. Here are seven ways the DMP could be speeded up - not all of them may apply to you. 1. No DMP fees If the DMP firm you are talking to charges … [Read more...]
This page and the following ones list all Debt Camel articles about Debt Management Plans in date order, starting with the most recent.
A good starting point is What is a Debt Management Plan (DMP)?
That has links to the most important articles, covering DMP advantages and disadvantages, the different ways you can set one up, things that can happen in a DMP and how to decide if one is the right option for you.
DMPs can be useful if you have a temporary financial problem for a few months or a year or two, or as a long term way of clearing your debts, but you need to be wary of DMPs that will go on for too long.
A couple of readers have asked about mortgage fixes when they have a poor credit record or simply a lot of other debt: Ms A: We are in a DMP and we were told it would make it very hard to remortgage. So we are now on Santander’s SVR and it’s over 7%. Can we really just ask them for a new fix and they won’t say no? Mr B: I'm worried about talking to Nationwide when our current mortgage fix ends. … [Read more...]
A reader said she was scared about starting a Debt Management Plan (DMP). Her worries were that her husband's credit rating would be affected and that she would get lots of phone calls from creditors. Another reader has asked if he can get a new mortgage fix if he is in a DMP I thought it would be useful to look at the most common concerns people have about DMPs. Setting up a … [Read more...]
For many years Gregory Pennington (GP), part of the Financial Wellness Group (FWG), has charged its clients monthly fees for running Debt Management Plans (DMPs) But MaPS awarded Gregory Pennington a contract that began on 1 February 2023. And it can't charge fees for DMPs under this contract. StepChange, Payplan and CAP have always provided "fee-free" DMPs, where all a client's payments go … [Read more...]
Mr A asks: I have had an arrangement with a debt collector for a number of years, paying £10 a month. They have sent a letter asking for a review. Do I have to do this? Can they do anything if I just continue with my current payments? You don't have to give these numbers but... It is a good idea to give revised details Everyone was happy when the arrangement was set up. Mr A was relieved … [Read more...]
A reader asked if it is OK to reduce your debt management payments when you need to? In 2023, with prices still rising fast, this is a common problem in Debt Management Plans (DMPs). Sometimes your income falls. Often your essential expenses go up faster than your pay does. In debt management, you pay a set amount to the DMP company and they divide it between your creditors. So what happens … [Read more...]
A reader asked in mid August 2022: My StepChange DMP will start in October. Do I have to make the payments to my creditors in September? Because it's going to be a real struggle. Could I offer them less? I asked what her StepChange monthly payment will be, and whether that has taken into account rising energy prices in October 2022? It's going to be about £250. She said: I need to admit that … [Read more...]
If you are thinking about a Debt Management Plan (DMP), you may want to know how many DMPs succeed, and how many run into problems. This turns out to be a surprisingly difficult question to answer! A DMP that doesn't repay all debts may not have failed! There are many situations where a DMP that doesn't "complete" has done exactly what it was wanted for. It is hard to see these as … [Read more...]
What can you do if a creditor is still adding interest when they have been asked to stop? This can happen if you ask for a payment arrangement. It also sometimes happens, but more rarely, in a Debt Management Plan (DMP). Most creditors do freeze interest if you have supplied a reasonable Income & Expenditure Statement. If you are in a DMP, your DMP firm will have sent the creditor … [Read more...]
The rules about who can have a Debt Relief Order (DRO) were relaxed on 29 June 2021. You can now qualify for a DRO with debts of up to £30,000 and you are allowed more assets and more spare income. It is estimated that an extra 13,000 people a year who are renting will now apply for a DRO because of these changes. Many people who currently have a Debt Management Plan (DMP) or have payment … [Read more...]