Abby is pregnant and worried she won't be able to afford the monthly IVA payments: My IVA was set up at the start of 2020. There are four debts in it, totalling £13,000. All the debts date from a previous relationship, my new partner doesn't have a debt problem. My IVA payments are £90 a month. I've managed so far, but I now need to buy things for the baby - cot, buggy etc. We are renting and … [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.
If you are worried about your IVA because Coronavirus has affected your household finances, this article looks at the extra flexibility to help people in IVAs. This help has been extended to April 2021; and how things may change in the next few months, with furlough and payments breaks likely to end. Your IVA firm and your creditors will not want your IVA to fail because of a temporary … [Read more...]
In Autumn 2020 two of the largest IVA firms have recently announced the latest in a long line of customer transfers within the industry: all Aperture's open IVAs have been sold to Jarvis Insolvency; and Vanguard's open IVAs will be administered by Ebenegate. UPDATE: In February 2021 Jarvis rebranded and it now calls itself Debt Movement. Sale of Aperture's IVAs to Jarvis On 5 … [Read more...]
A reader, Mr D, asked: I am being made redundant, no redundancy pay as I didn't work there long enough. We have managed my IVA payments when I was on furlough by taking a mortgage holiday but that is ending and now our household income will be halving. We will struggle to pay the mortgage let alone the IVA. My partner earns too much for me to get any benefits. I know I have to tell my IVA, but … [Read more...]
If it's getting hard or impossible to afford your IVA , you may wonder what your other alternatives are. If you don't own a house and your debts are under £30,000 you may qualify for a Debt Relief Order (DRO). Your IVA may have been sensible when it was started, but a change in circumstances (pay drop? rent increase? new baby? separation?) may now be making it hard to afford the payments. Or … [Read more...]
UPDATE on 5 September 202o, Aperture sold its 25,000 open IVAs to Jarvis. See Major changes for thousands of customers with Aperture & Vanguard IVAs for details. Aperture has told many debt advisers it will not take referrals for Individual Voluntary Arrangements after the end of June 2019. The debt advice firms received an email saying: I write to inform you that Aperture Debt … [Read more...]
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...]
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...]
UPDATE - CORONAVIRUS See Coronavirus – new rules to help people in IVAs for the extra help available. 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 … [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...]