A debt management plan (DMP) is a good debt solution for many people. If you are trying to decide whether you need one, you may want to know how bad the effect will be on your credit file, and how long it will be before your credit rating recovers. There isn't a simple answer however: DMPs are used in a lot of different situations; because they are "informal" arrangements creditors don't … [Read more...]
You may prefer to look at Debt Camel's Guide to DMPs. 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 you debts, but you need to be wary of DMPs that will go on for too long.
Choosing between a Debt Relief Order (DRO) and other debt solutions is often a pretty easy choice! Let's look at when a DRO is a good option for you and what the alternatives might be. Debt Relief Orders DROs are a form of insolvency in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. For an overview of DROs, read What is a Debt Relief Order? For more details, see the Guide to DROs. They are meant for … [Read more...]
What is the difference between a formal and an informal arrangement with my creditors? a reader asked. This post looks at what the alternatives are and how to decide which is better for you. If you pull on a pair of jeans and a T-shirt, then it's easy enough to add a jumper if it gets chilly or switch to old trainers if your new shoes are rubbing. But you need to plan formal dress more … [Read more...]
Disability benefits such as Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Personal Independence payment (PIP) and Attendance Allowance (AA) are meant to cover the extra costs you get because of the disability. So is it right to use this extra money to pay off debts? Can your creditors make you do this? That may sound a bit abstract, but it leads to a very practical question - if you need a Debt Management … [Read more...]