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    The Rising Cost of The Summer Holidays

    Written by Sam Critten

    The summer holidays should be one of the happiest times of the year for families. Children are set free from their school routine for six weeks, giving parents the chance the chance to enjoy some quality family time on days…

  • Covering Funeral Costs: Your Options

    Written by Will Lyon

    Covering funeral costs may be the last thing on your mind after the death of a loved one. Unfortunately it’s something most of us will have to face at some point in our lives. Many people struggle to cover these…

  • Can An IVA Take My Pension?

    Written by Will Lyon

    If you’re currently in an IVA and are over 55, you may be able to use your pension to pay off your debts. It’s unlikely that your pension will be explicitly taken and put into your IVA, but it’s worth…

  • Is Your Money is Covered by a Bank?

    Written by Will Lyon

    Indeed, we all want to make sure our money is safe in the bank. Luckily, there are various savings protection schemes in place which serve to make sure your cash is covered by a bank. Will these schemes affect me?…

  • Can a Debt Management Plan Take My Pension?

    Written by Will Lyon

    What is a DMP? A Debt Management Plan (DMP for short), is a way for you to pay back your unsecured debt in manageable instalments. DMPs are one of the most common debt solutions in the UK, and are authorised…

  • PayPlan nominated for SHOMO award

    Written by PayPlan

    We’re proud to announce that we’ve recently been nominated for the Best Brand, Charity or Money Blog Award at the 2019 UK Money Bloggers’ annual awards ceremony, the SHOMO awards. Sponsored by QuidCo, the awards are a chance for some…

  • When to Consider a Debt Management Plan

    Written by Sam Critten

    When you’re in debt it can be difficult to know what to do next. Trying to sort out payments to different lenders, juggling calls from multiple creditors asking for money, trying to sort your priority debts from those that can…

  • How Effective Are Debt Management Plans?

    Written by Will Lyon

     What is a DMP? How effective are Debt Management Plans? A Debt Management Plan (DMP for short), is a way for you to pay back your unsecured personal debt.  Usually set up and managed by a debt management company or…

  • Will An IVA Affect My Citizenship?

    Written by Will Lyon

    Why would an IVA affect my citizenship? When applying for British citizenship, why would an IVA affect my citizenship? Well, upon applying, the government will assess whether or not you have ‘good character’. This is their measure of deciding if…

  • Sub-prime credit cards: are they worth the risk?

    Written by PayPlan

    Trying to get credit when you’re in debt, or have a poor credit score, can be incredibly frustrating.  It might be the case that you’ve got a less-than-ideal credit score due to a County Court Judgment a few years ago,…

  • What is a CCJ?

    Written by Sam Critten

    A County Court Judgement (CCJ) is a court order that can be awarded against you if you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. The purpose of a CCJ is to get you to repay money that you owe. Will…

  • How do I set up online banking?

    Written by Tom James

    Online banking Gone are the days where popping into your local bank was the only way to pay your bills, manage debt, or withdraw and deposit money into your account. Online banking has brought convenience to everyday life, and although…

  • Don’t be fooled by fake websites!

    Written by PayPlan

    We know that there’s no shortage of debt advice companies in the UK. Some, like us, offer free advice and free debt management plans, whilst others offer free advice but charge both a set-up fee and monthly fee to manage…

  • How To Lower Credit Card Interest

    Written by Will Lyon

    Do you feel you were sucked in by an introductory interest rate? Have these rates risen to a point where you’re struggling to make the repayments? There are a number of things you can do to lower your interest rate…

  • How successful are IVAs?

    Written by Sam Critten

    What is an IVA? An IVA (Individual Voluntary Arrangement) is a debt solution whereby you pay back your unsecured debts to your creditors in monthly repayments usually over a 5 to 6 year period. If your IVA successfully completes, the…

  • How are IVA payments worked out?

    Written by Sam Critten

    What is an IVA? An IVA is usually a 5 to 6-year debt solution designed to help you write off the majority of your unsecured debts through regular monthly repayments. You will work with a debt advice provider (such as…

  • Can an IVA take my inheritance?

    Written by Tom James

    What is an IVA? An Individual Voluntary Arrangement, or IVA for short, is a debt solution whereby you pay all of your unsecured creditors back in monthly payments usually over a period of 5 or 6 years. Once the agreement…

  • Tax credit overpayments

    Written by PayPlan

    Receiving a letter from HMRC saying that you’ve received tax credit overpayments can be incredibly frustrating; not only because you won’t have been expecting it, but because you’ve now got to give back a chunk of money that HMRC gave…

  • A Guide to Buying Goods on Finance

    Written by PayPlan

    A guide to buying goods on finance Unfortunately, we don’t always have the money we need to make the purchases we want. This is where finance agreements come in. Buying goods on finance can give you access to products you…