Debts on benefits

It’s important not to panic. There are options available, and with the right support, you can explore a suitable course of action for your circumstances.

It’s important not to panic. There are options available, and with the right support, you can explore a suitable course of action for your circumstances. Be sure to do your research to make sure you aren’t missing out on any benefits you’re eligible for. For more information on benefit qualifications, contact Jobcentre Plus.

If you have recently started claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance because you have found yourself unemployed, it may be worth explaining your situation to your creditors. In some instances, they could be prepared to alter the repayment obligations, especially if you can show job prospects on the horizon.

It can be difficult to successfully enter into a debt repayment agreement if you are not earning a regular income. In Scotland, for example, those on benefits do not ordinarily qualify for Trust Deed agreements. However, if you claim benefits in England or Wales, you may qualify for an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) – where you agree on a repayment plan with creditors over several years. Alternatively, you may qualify for a Debt Relief Order (DRO) or an informal debt management plan administered by an organisation, such as a debt management charity.

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Why choose Bennett Jones?

Bennett Jones has helped thousands of people solve their debt problems. We understand how stressful and difficult life is when you can’t pay your debts and your bills.

You can trust Bennett Jones to help you if you are struggling to pay your debts. We specialise in Individual Voluntary Arrangements – a legal solution that allows for unaffordable debts to be written off. With an IVA from our team, you will make affordable repayments to your creditors over a fixed period, with the remaining debt written off at the end.

An Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) is not suitable for everyone who needs help with their debts. If an IVA is not right for you we will give you free no obligation help so you can decide on the solution you need.

Can Bennett Jones help me if I’m on benefits and need to pay debts?

Our team are always on hand to offer information that can help you deal with debt – even if you’re on benefits. Contact us on 0161 960 0054. Otherwise, leave us a message on the Bennett Jones contact form to request a callback.

Bennett Jones’ role in your financial recovery

Bennett Jones can investigate what you’re spending, both personally and if you are self-employed in your business, and help you understand whether an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) is the solution you need. Whether you need an IVA, an alternative debt solution, or simply information to help you organise your spending, we can deliver some peace of mind.