Debt management plan

Debt management plan

A debt management plan (DMP) is an arrangement that you set up with your unsecured creditors, either personally or through a debt management company, whereby it is agreed that you may pay off the debt in monthly instalments.

All debt management companies must be authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority. They will charge a fee for setting up and administering the debt management plan. However, if you meet the criteria set by the charities National Debtline or Step Change it is possible that they will administer the DMP for free. Where a debt management company is used, you will make regular monthly payments to them and they will then distribute the amount in the agreed proportions to each of the creditors.

A debt management plan agreed with the creditors will only protect you against further debt recovery actions by the creditors to the extent that this is set out in the agreement.

If you don't keep up with the payments the debt management plan can be cancelled.

There are a number of advantages of a DMP, including, clarity in your monthly budget with only one payment going out for the DMP to be distributed between your creditors, and, there is the possibility that your creditors will agree to freeze interest and stop further court action, chase letters and calls to you regarding the debt.