Debt IVA, and the BIG question - is it for you?

"Debt IVA" is a popular online search because the IVA since its introduction in 1986 has become a really popular debt solution. So much so that in 2008 one was started on average every 13 minutes. But the question is not whether an IVA is a good debt solution, but whether it is the right debt solution for you.

There are 4 main debt solutions: loans, debt management, IVA's and bankruptcy. The decision as to which is best for you rarely comes down to preference, and is actually about suitability.

When advising on which debt solution is going to be best, there are some really clear criteria that can be used:

  1. Which debt solutions would you qualify for?
  2. Which debt solution is going to mean you pay off your debts fastest with the least possible money?
  3. Which debt solution would protect you property and other possession?
  4. Which debt solution would last for a fixed period of time as opposed to keep running with no end point?
  5. Which debt solution is going to minimise damage to your credit rating?
  6. Which debt solution is going to have the least impact on your professional career?

Before you can know any of the above a detailed assessment of your debts, your income and expenditure to work out how much you could afford to repay your creditors every month for 5 years needs to be worked out. If that amount is over 25% of you total debt, you're employed or self employed, and owe 3 or more creditors £15,000 or more, there's a chance that an IVA is a debt solution you may want to use.

Applying for an IVA

To get immediate help now, use our IVA advice service which is accessed via charity advisors.


What is an IVA

  • Introduced by the Government in 1986 as an alternative to bankruptcy
  • Typically, you need to owe more than £15,000 and have something to offer to your creditors each month
  • Typically you can write-off 50% - 60% of your debt and pay the balance over 5 years (60 months)
  • Interest and charges stop and creditors can't change their mind
  • Your home is protected but you may be required to release any equity you have
  • Someone enters an IVA in England and Wales every 13 minutes
  • We only recommend organisations that have a track record of getting IVA's accepted by creditors and don't charge upfront fees

Comparison Table Of Debt Solutions

Debts Written Off
Legally Binding
Interests & Charges
Residential Status
Yes - Average 58%
Tenant or Homeowner (Eng/Wales)
Yes on average around 20% of the payments you make to creditors
Typically you must have debts over £15,000 and be able to offer yourcreditors about 20% of the value of the debt back over 5 years.
Debt Management
Many Freeze
Tenant or Homeowner
In a Debt Management Plan, you will be required to repay all of your debt in full.
New Rates & Charges
Tenant or Homeowner
Consolidating your debts generally means you'll pay more back over a longer period of time.
Tenant or Homeowner (Eng/Wales)
Yes - up to £700 depending on your circumstances. You may also be subject to a 3 year Income Payments
You need to think carefully about all the affect bankruptcy will have on your home and your employment.
Debt Relief Order
Yes - £90
You must have debts under £15,000 and have little in the way of assets

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