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How does a DMP affect me?

How does a debt management plan affect me?

A debt management plan (DMP) can affect you in several ways. As with any debt solution, there are a number of benefits and risks you should consider before entering into a DMP.

If you’re on a debt management plan, the payment you make each month will usually be less than the minimum amount you initially agreed to when you took the debt out. A DMP could affect your credit rating, even if your creditors are happy to accept the DMP. However, once each debt is cleared, they'll eventually drop off your credit file.

Once you’re on a DMP, most creditors will agree to stop interest and charges as a gesture of goodwill. However, some may not, and they’re not obligated to stop charging fees. 

If a creditor ‘refuses’ a DMP payment, they still have to let it be processed. However, a DMP provider would usually recommend that you continue to make your DMP payments as normal.

DMPs can be changed to suit your situation if your income or living costs change. You’re also not tied into the agreement, so you can leave the DMP agreement at any time, should you want to. 

Your creditors can still take further action once you’re on a DMP. For example, they can pass your debt to a collection agency or start court action, and they may continue to contact you.

Creditors can also refuse the DMP offer, and add interest or changes to your debt. Because you’re taking longer to repay the debt, this may increase the total debt you owe.

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Not all debts can be paid through a DMP. Most debt types can be included, such as credit cards, personal loans, overdrafts, gas and electric arrears, catalogues, cancelled phone contracts and payday loans. However, some can't be included, such as:

  • Benefit overpayments
  • County Court judgments (CCJs)
  • Child support
  • Criminal fines
  • Decrees
  • Income tax
  • Benefit overpayments
  • Landline, internet or mobile phone (current contracts)
  • Loans from family or friends
  • Mortgage endowment premiums
  • Mortgage arrears for current account mortgages
  • National Insurance
  • TV Licence
  • VAT

Can I get a DMP?

A DMP isn’t suitable for everyone, and we recommend that you get some professional and impartial debt advice before setting one up. A debt advice organisation would look at your budget in order to determine if a DMP is the best solution for you.