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What is an Individual Voluntary Arrangement?

An Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) is a formal debt solution which you can consolidate all of your debts and pay one low affordable monthly payment to an Insolvency Practitioner (IP).

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Want to know the best parts?

    • Reduce your debt payments to a minimum of £80 per month
    • Your creditors will not be allowed to contact you or take any further action against you, whilst you are in an IVA
    • You get to keep your car
    • You get to stay in your house
    • Stop all interest and charges instantly
    • You will be debt free after 5 years. You make your payment every month for 60 months (5 years) and at the end of the term all of your debt balances are written off completely
    • You don’t have to deal with your creditors. Your Insolvency Practitioner will distribute this monthly contribution according to the amounts agreed by the creditors that you owe money to. Your debt will be reduced as you make payments into your plan

If you are looking for advice which will stop bankruptcy in its tracks and put you on the road to financial recovery, then look no further than an Individual Voluntary Arrangement.

Do not delay in seeking debt advice. The sooner you seek advice, the quicker you can cancel unaffordable payments, stop bailiffs and debt collector action.

Do I qualify for an IVA?

  • Do you have £5000 or more in debt?
  • Do you have 2 or more creditors?
  • Do you have a regular income?
  • Are willing to pay £80 or more towards your unsecured debts?

Top Tip – If you are Scottish – you will need to apply for a scottish trust deed (Scottish IVA)

What debts can go into an IVA?

Here’s the deal:

Generally speaking, unsecured debts can go into an IVA. The most common debts which are put into an arrangement are:

  • Credit cards such as HSBC, Natwest, Barclaycard, Vanquis, Asda, Virgin, Capital One
  • Payday loans such as Lending Stream, Wonga, QuickQuid, Drafty, Cashfloat, Satsuma
  • Overdraft debts with your current bank account or your previous bank account
  • Unsecured loans
  • HMRC debts
  • council tax debts/council tax arrears
  • bailiff debts such as moorcroft group, Lowell, PRA Group, Advantis, Opos, Cabot Financial and more

Top Tip – When you apply for an Individual Voluntary Arrangement all of your unsecured debts must be included, you can not pick and choose which debts you include!

What debts can not go into an IVA?

  • Mortgage arrears – unless you have left the property
  • Rent arrears – unless your landlord agrees to the proposal
  • Debts from secured loans
  • Guarantor loan debts
  • Hire purchase debt

How do I Apply?

  1. Consider your options and decide whether you should apply for an iva UK
  2. Use our free Calculator by clicking the “Get Started for Free” button below, this will run you through the basic qualifying criteria and let you know if you are eligible
  3. If you are eligible, one of our friendly advisors will review your debts and provide you with free advice and ensure that this is the best option for yourself before working with you to create a proposal
  4. There are no up front costs, just pay one low monthly payment towards your debt to a licensed insolvency practitioner. At the end of the 60 months, the remainder of your debt will be written off in full and your arrangement will end

A legislated debt solution could give you your life back and pave the way to a happier debt-free future for you and your family. Your solution will allow you to get your life back on track through sensible financial management. You will be able to not worry about your creditors heavy handed approach towards debtors.

It gets better:

In your initial assessment, you will not be required to provide any documents (so relax!). The purpose of the initial call is to get a feel of your debt situation and to point you in the right direction. In some cases, an IVA isn’t always the most suitable recommendation. You may be guided towards a debt charity, such as the Money Advice Trust/Money Advice Service or the Citizens Advice Bureau. When you decide to apply, you will be asked for:

  • Payslips – 3 months payslips will be requested to provide proof to the Insolvency Practitioner of your earnings. If you are not employed, then evidence will be needed of how you receive your income. This is important as we will need to prove that you can maintain payments towards your debts for the 5 year term.
  • Bank statements – 3 months bank statement are needed as they will clearly demonstrate the expenditure on your bank account. Online bank statements are usually fine, as long as they clearly display your sort code and account name alongside your name and address.
  • Proof of identification – A driving license or passport is fine here, just to satisfy identification checks before your application. You can provide these by post, Whatsapp or through your email address.

The rest of the information needed can usually be accessed through an online credit file check which you advisor will complete, once they receive your permission. Your credit rating or credit score will not be affected by the online credit check. This will make sure that no debts are missed from your IVA proposal.

The difference between an IVA and bankruptcy


  You will be allowed to stay in your home. If you mortgage your house and you have a lot of equity in it, you may be asked to release this equity and put the money towards your debts.

  An IVA is not advertised.

  There are no upfront costs.

  You can pay affordable monthly payments based on your income and expenditure.


  Your home may be repossessed if you are declared bankrupt. If you rent your property, sometimes assets are seized and sold. This money is given to your creditors towards your debts.

  Bankruptcy is advertised in the London Gazette.

  There is a one off fee, often around £800.

  Deductions may be taken from your future earnings.

The consequences of bankruptcy can be devastating to families, an IVA can sometimes be seen as a lighter approach.

Bankruptcy and individual voluntary arrangements are similar debt solutions in the fact they both deal with insolvency issues and are legally binding formal solutions, but they work in different ways. The key difference involves the control of assets, as with bankruptcy control of assets transfers to the official receiver or trustee.

If you are renting your home an IVA will have little effect, but if you file for bankruptcy you may be asked to move if you are in rent arrears. If you own a home, some IVAs will require you to re-mortgage your property six months before the end of the IVA. If this is not an affordable option, the length of the plan could be increased by additional 12 months if money cannot be found from another source. If you file for bankruptcy the receiver will make a decision about your home based on the equity you have, they have two years and three months to decide. With bankruptcy you will need to make sure all debts included are listed to the Official Receiver, in order for them to all be captured in the bankruptcy.

Bankruptcy will be advertised in the London Gazette, insolvency would not be advertised in the although your name would be listed in the Insolvency Service register (Insolvency Register) which is viewable through an online search. An individual voluntary arrangement would not be advertised.

With bankruptcy you will often just pay a lump sum payment to the Office Receiver to administer your bankruptcy, when you apply for an IVA you would need to pay monthly repayments into a plan, your iva company will then pay money back to your creditors. A moderately priced vehicle can usually be kept when you apply for an IVA, while bankruptcy will often mean a vehicle has to be sold, unless it is possible to show that a vehicle is needed to commute to work or is very low value. Within individual voluntary arrangements (IVA’s) you will usually be able to continue using your bank account, providing there are no unsecured debts to the provider such as an overdrawn balance repayments. In bankruptcy it is likely that all bank accounts will be frozen.

Is an IVA a good idea?

Although an Individual Voluntary Arrangement is more flexible to changes in circumstances than bankruptcy, there is a longer payment period. Within bankruptcy, payments will be required for a maximum of 3 years, but IVAs usually last for 5 or 6 years, meaning it will take longer to clear the debt.

If you are struggling to make debt repayments, it is important to seek independent debt advice as soon as you can.

IVA Quick Guide

Read our quick guide to IVA's and we will answer your most common IVA related questions

IVA prices will vary from case to case but an IVA generally starts at £80 per month, typically for a period of 5 years.

An Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) is a formal debt solution which you can consolidate all of your debts and pay one low affordable monthly payment to an Insolvency Practitioner (IP).
You can qualify for an IVA if you have a minimum of £5000 worth of unsecured debt.
Most people take out IVA’s because they are looking to protect their family home, as an alternative for bankruptcy. In most cases your property will not be affected at all, especially if you are a tenant. If you own your house and have a lot of equity in the property, you may be asked to release some of this equity in order to pay your creditors.
Yes. If you act quickly, we can deal with debt collectors and bailiffs on your behalf.
When you IVA is set up, you will receive a reference number which you can give to your creditors. This reference number will usually stop any further contact from these creditors, until the IVA has been processed.
Yes. When you are in an IVA, there will be no additional interest or charges added to your credit accounts.

Absolutely, and getting the ball rolling is easy. All you have to do is fill out the form by clicking ‘Sign Up Free’ to apply for an IVA. Our experienced and friendly advisors will go through all of your debt options and tell you straight away whether a government backed debt scheme might be the right step for you. With the growing charges and interest of unsecured debts, it is always the best idea to tackle your debt problems head on with a legally binding agreement before your financial situation gets out of control. Applying for an IVA has never been easier. The free calculator will tell you whether you qualify or not, in under 30 seconds.

An IVA can be worth it for some peoples financial situation and not worth if for other peoples financial situation. When you are thinking about an IVA, you need to consider:

  • Are you looking for a ‘final’ solution to your debt problems? When you enter an arrangement, it will give you a finish line where you will become totally debt free
  • Do you have creditors chasing you? When you enter into an IVA, this will stop and they will contact the Insolvency Practitioners office instead of yourself
  • Are you looking for someone else to manage your debt? Your IP will essentially step into your position, meaning your will not be able to manage your own debts within the term of the IVA
  • Do you need credit? You will not be allowed to take our more credit whilst you are in your arrangement
  • Can you commit to monthly payments? Your IVA company will make your payment as affordable as possible, but you need to ensure you keep up with these monthly payments. If you don’t, the IVA could fail and you would be back to square one
  • Are you expecting a windfall? If so, it is likely that this money would go towards your debts

There are many factors to decide, when you are trying to decide if an IVA is worth it for you. If you decide it is, please get in touch, we are here to help you.

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