An alternative to bankruptcy

  • One affordable monthly payment
  • Stop interest, charges and bailiffs
  • Write off up to 81% of debts*

How much debt do you have?

Roughly how much unsecured debts do you currently have? We can run a quick calculation to see check the amount of potential debt you could write off.

What Is Bankruptcy?

If you have a debt problem, one of your options for sorting it out might be bankruptcy. You can apply for bankruptcy if you can’t pay back your debts.

As well as applying for bankruptcy yourself, someone else you owe money to (a creditor) can apply to make you bankrupt, even if you don’t want them to. For a creditor to make you bankrupt, you must owe at least £5,000.

Our partner company’s assessment team will discuss with you the bankruptcy process and how it will affect you.

Steps to Bankruptcy

  • You will need to complete an online application via The Insolvency Service website at The application includes details of your assets, debts and income and expenditure.
  • You will be required to pay a fee of £680 before your application is processed. This can be paid in instalments.
  • Your bankruptcy application will be considered by an adjudicator who will if appropriate make the bankruptcy order. Shortly after the order is made, you will receive a copy of it. You may be interviewed about your situation by the Official Receiver (“The OR”).
  • You are usually discharged from bankruptcy within 1 year. The Official Receiver will be looking to see if you have any assets in Bankruptcy, for example a property, that can be sold to raise money towards paying your creditors. If you have a monthly disposable income, after considering your essential living costs for you and your family, you could be required to make payments under an Income Payments Agreement/Order, which will last for 3 years.
  • Depending upon the circumstances, an outside Trustee may be appointed. This will be an Insolvency Practitioner.

Key Facts of going Bankrupt

if your income is high enough, you’ll be asked to make payments towards your debts for 3 years (If your income is made up solely of benefits, you do not need to make payments)

Your credit rating will be affected for 6 years and during the term of bankruptcy you may not obtain credit of more than £500.

Learn more to see if bankruptcy is the right solution for you.

If you own your home and there is equity available, it might have to be sold (but you may be able to apply to your local authority for re-housing)

At the end of the bankruptcy term, any unsecured debts are written off.

Interest and charges are frozen and legal action must stop

Debt solutions available

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Other Potential Debt Solutions

Designed to put you back on track


Help if your debts are over £5,000. An IVA can help clear up to 81% of unaffordable debts

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Debt Management

Help if you have debts of £2,000 or more. Reduce monthly payments

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Help if you have little or no disposable income

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Debt Relief Order

For those with little spare income and low value assets

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Money Helper is an important service set up by the Government. They provide free debt counseling, debt adjustment and credit information.


We specialise in providing and administering Individual Voluntary Arrangement (“IVA”) solutions to individuals based in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We do not administer Debt Management Plans, Debt Relief Orders, or any other debt solutions.


Sarah North is authorised in the UK to act as Insolvency Practitioner by the Insolvency Practitioners Association


National Debt Advice (UK) is a trading name of Abbotts Insolvency Ltd. Registered Address: Sandfold House, Sandfold Lane, Levenshulme, M19 3BJ. Tel: 01625 801007.


We only provide advice after completing or receiving an initial fact find where the individual(s) concerned meets the criteria for an IVA, therefore, all advice is given in reasonable contemplation of an insolvency appointment.

We are a fully licensed and regulated insolvency practice specialising in the provision of Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVA’s). In 2020 we helped over 500 people successfully enter an IVA and supported a further 2,700 people by referring them to a fee free or charitable debt advice service provider.

*The amount of debt write off is based on your own personal circumstances.
As of 28th September 2021, 37% of customers are estimated to write off 81% or more of unsecured debts included in the IVA. is not affiliated with the Charity National Debtline run by The Money Advice Trust ( or Money Helper (formerly The Money Advice Service) which is a free service et up by the Government to help people make the most of their money. If you would like to learn more click here. The Insolvency Service, an independent government agency, provides guidance on dealing with your debts. To access this guidance please click here.