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IVA – Individual Voluntary Arrangement

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What is an IVA?

An Individual Voluntary Arrangement is a formal agreement with your creditors. You pay back what you can realistically afford over a period of time (usually five years).

If you stick to the terms and make the agreed regular payments, once your IVA has completed any outstanding debts will be written-off and you will be debt free.

It is an alternative insolvency solution to Bankruptcy and a Debt Relief Order (DRO).

IVA Pros & Cons


  • Write-off up to 75% of unsecured debt
  • Interest and charges will be frozen
  • No more creditor letters or calls chasing the debt
  • Bailiff and enforcement action can be stopped
  • Pay back what you can realistically afford
  • No upfront fees charged (Nominee’s and Supervisor’s fees are paid from your agreed monthly payment)


  • Your proposal has to be accepted by your creditors
  • You may have to release assets of a certain value to the benefit of your creditors
  • All IVAs are recorded on a public register
  • If you are a homeowner you may be expected to release equity when entering into an IVA for the benefit of your creditors
  • Your credit rating is affected throughout your IVA and usually for an additional year after completion


Example debts before an IVA

Credit Cards£5,000
Payday Loans£1,500
Council Tax£3,000
Utility Arrears£2,000
Bank Loans£4,000
Debt Collector£2,450

The IVA example is for illustration purposes only. Monthly payments are based on individual circumstances.


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Debt written-off


Total debt repayable


After IVA approved

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Debt written-off


Total debt repayable



Initial Consultation

Initial Consultation

When you contact us we will assess your circumstances to establish whether an IVA is the most appropriate solution.

Your Proposal

Your Proposal

Once you decide an IVA is the best solution your case will be referred to a licensed Insolvency Practitioner. Your case will be prepared and your IVA proposal will be created ready to present to your creditors.

Meeting of Creditors

Meeting of Creditors

Your creditors will vote whether to accept or reject your IVA proposal. 75% of voting creditors (by value of debt) must vote in favor of you proposal for your IVA to be accepted.

Your IVA

Your IVA

Once approved both you and your creditors will be legally bound by the IVA. As long as you maintain your payments during the IVA (typically five years) all outstanding debt will be written-off and you will be debt free.


  • Council Tax Arrears

  • Water Arrears

  • Unsecured Bank Loans

  • Student Loans

  • Store Cards

  • Rent & Mortgage Arrears

  • Phone Arrears

  • Payday Loans

  • Court fines

  • Catalogue Debts

  • Benefit Overpayments

  • Overdrafts

  • HMRC Tax Bills (self employed)

  • Gas & Electric Arrears

  • Credit Cards


Our aim

Our aim

To help you understand the options available to you and help you on your road to debt recovery.

Experienced team

Experienced team

We have over 10 years experience helping our customers improve their circumstances and deal with their debts.

Experts on

Experts on

Bailiff enforcement action; Council Tax arrears; court fines; parking fines; gas, electric and water arrears; debt consolidation; and all debt solutions.

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Updated on 2019-07-23T13:26:08+01:00, by admin_m1.