Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVA’s) were introduced by the Government in the 1986 Insolvency Act as an alternative to bankruptcy. They were put in place to help anyone in serious debt finding it difficult to make their monthly payments. If you live in Scotland the equivalent solution is a Trust Deed. (This is only available to English Residents)
An IVA is a formal agreement with your creditors (the people you owe money to) where you agree to pay only what you can realistically afford, taking into account your living expenses and monthly income. This is paid as a single monthly payment, usually over a period of 60 months. At the end of the period any remaining debt is written off and you owe nothing to your creditors.
On average, clients have had 25% to 85% * of their debt written off with an IVA!
Provided you maintain your repayments as agreed, an IVA protects you from further legal action from your creditors. In addition to this, all interest and charges are frozen at the time the IVA is agreed.