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What happens if I am made redundant in an IVA

What happens if I am made redundant in an IVA

What happens if I am made redundant in an IVA

The effect of being made redundant during an IVA will depend on a number of factors. In particular whether you receive redundancy pay and if you can get another job.

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Options if you are Made Redundant in an IVA?

If you lose your job during your IVA you must tell your IVA company straight away. They will discuss the different options available based on your particular circumstances.

Any redundancy payment will normally have to be paid into your Arrangement as a windfall. However you will be allowed to keep the equivalent of 6 months take home pay to maintain your living expenses and IVA payments while looking for another job.

Once you find a job any remaining funds from your redundancy payment have to be handed over. If you don’t find a job after 6 months you could consider taking a further payment break. Alternatively you may have to consider letting your IVA fail.

If you get a new job on less money it may be possible to agree a reduction in your IVA payments.

Can an IVA be Settled with Redundancy Money?

If the prospects of finding a new job are low it might be possible to use any redundancy money you receive to settle your IVA in full. Once this has happened no further monthly payments will be necessary.

Of course you will normally need to hold back some cash to live on. The amount you are able to keep will depend on your specific circumstances and the amount required to complete the settlement.

If you do not have sufficient cash to settle you may know someone who could help provide additional funds. For example family or friends might be able to lend you enough to make an acceptable settlement offer.

What if you are Made Redundant with no Redundancy Pay

You may not receive a redundancy payment after losing your job. In these circumstances you should take a payment break.

This will give you time to look for a new job. Once you are back in work you can start paying again with the months missed added at the end. If your new job is not so well paid it may be possible to reduce your payments.

If you are already close to the end of your IVA your creditors might accept the payments already made as full settlement of your IVA. However this will only be the case if you are unlikely to find new work.

If you are unable to continue paying your IVA and no alternative solutions can be found your IVA will fail.

What if your Partner Loses their Job?

Where you are living with a partner or spouse you may rely on their income to help maintain your living expenses. If this income is lost you will then have pay for everything meaning you can no longer afford your IVA.

In these circumstances you should tell your IVA Company straight away and arrange for a payment break. This will give you time to decide what to do.

If your partner is unable to get back into work in the short term you will have to review your options. These might include continuing your IVA with reduced payments or letting it fail and changing to a different solution.

If your partner gets a redundancy payment they do not have to pay this into your IVA. As such some of it could be used to settle your Arrangement.

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    2 thoughts on “What happens if I am made redundant in an IVA

    1. Julie says:

      I am disabled on full rates of PIP . I have recent;y been made redundant and think I will struggle to get another job. I will get contributions based JSAs and then will probably go onto esa. Will they take my redundancy or allow me to become self employed using it? Redundancy is 12 weeks pay and 24 weeks pay for compensation payments to do with pension.

      I started Iva with paying £175 a month (as husband was sick at the time and only getting ssp) and was told would pay back £12k in total. Last year reassessed at £300 p/m same this year. My husband has worked 70 hours a week for extra wages as only minimum wage but they take all income into calculation. We struggle to pay. 36 months left to pay.

      1. Hi Julie

        As standard if you are made redundant during an IVA you are allowed to keep the equivalent of 6 months take home pay. You then have to maintain your IVA payments as usual from this money. Any additional cash has to be paid into the Arrangement as a windfall.

        Given your particular circumstances your IVA company might decide to let you keep more on compassionate grounds. However I cannot guarantee they will. Alternatively depending on the amount you get they might accept some/all of the money you receive to settle the Arrangement early. I would recommend that you discuss the possibility of that option with them. They may well be receptive to it particularly given you are unlikely to be able to get another job.

        If no settlement can be agreed but you are struggling to maintain your payments then you must ask your IVA company for an income and expenditure review to see if they can be reduced. You need to explain that your husband’s income is not sustainable and as such needs to be calculated on the basis of doing less hours moving forward, not the hours he has done in the past to try and make ends meet.

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