Everyone has heard of bankruptcy, but Debt Relief Orders (DROs) and Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs) are less well known. Here is a comparison of IVAs and DROs, so you can see would be better for you. DROs and IVAs were the two most common types of personal insolvency in England and Wales in 2019. Some choices between debt solutions are genuinely hard. When I wrote … [Read more...]
Articles about what happens in an IVA
This page, and the following ones, list all Debt Camel articles about the practical aspects of IVA - from what happens at your first annual review to what you can expect after you make your last payment.
Also read Debt Camel's Guide to IVAs which gives an overview for anyone thinking of starting an IVA. IVAs are great options for some people, but they are too often "sold" as an easy, affordable option to people who have better alternatives for sorting out their debts. Do your research!
If you are interested in debt policy and news, look at the IVA News Archive.
You both have debts, you both know it's time to tackle them and you want to do this together. But if one of you has a lot more debt, or a much larger income, or you own different assets, you don't have to have the same debt solution. A good debt adviser will help you look at what option each of you needs to get the best result for your family going forward. This article looks at some of … [Read more...]
Losing your job can be a big problem for your IVA unless you can get a new job quickly. Having redundancy pay can help through this period - but some of your redundancy pay may have to be paid into your IVA. Here I'll describe what the 2016 IVA protocol Individual Voluntary Arrangement says. Most IVAs have similar provisions for redundancy. It's a good idea to check your own IVA paperwork and, … [Read more...]
If you are thinking of starting an IVA, you will hear that IVAs last for five years, sometimes six. But find out the facts - as that is misleading. The IVAs may have been expected to last for five or six years at the beginning, but payment breaks and extensions mean that many last for much longer. The Insolvency Service's IVA Outcomes - 2018 has data about how many years IVAs usually last … [Read more...]
A reader asked whether an IVA was suitable for her. As part of that she said: I am hoping to move in with a new partner later this year. I would have to pay more rent and bills but I would have lower petrol costs as he lives very close to my work. It is usually a bad idea to set up an IVA when you expect your living costs to change a lot in the near future and it is not certain what they will … [Read more...]
A reader asked: I’m worried about my first IVA annual review. How much detail will they go into? I've found the year tough with a few car problems. I switched gas and electric to try to save money but it hasn't helped much. This is one of the many IVA issues where I have to start by saying that there is no definitive answer for everyone. It depends on the terms of your IVA, your IVA firm, your … [Read more...]
It's natural to feel worried about bankruptcy, but some websites set out to make it sound a lot worse than it is. Some of what they say is simply wrong. Other bits may be right but they leave out important facts, so the issue sounds more difficult than it is in practice. And it's common for problems associated with bankruptcy to be listed in detail, but very similar points … [Read more...]
Your IVA seemed like the perfect solution when it began, but now it's failing. Will you be back to square one and have difficult creditors to deal with? Or could you even be made bankrupt? First, there may be ways to rescue your IVA An IVA failing may not be a disaster, for some people there are better options! That's what the rest of this article looks at. But don't assume nothing can be … [Read more...]
Here is a PPI after IVA issue to disentangle: Mr S wrote: I had an IVA which failed after two years more than 10 years ago. After it failed I had a CCJ and a debt collector contacted me. I cleared both of those debts and then worked on repairing my credit score. I’ve now had a successful PPI claim against bank X but they won’t release the cheque to me as I was in an IVA. I have found out … [Read more...]
If you can't make the payment to your Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) this month, don't panic! There may be options for you to cope and get your IVA back on track. This is very common - five or six years is a long time for everything to go smoothly in your life. It is difficult to generalise about IVAs because they really can be "individual". This article looks at the sorts of … [Read more...]