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DMP mutual support thread part 13 !!

edited 13 March 2019 at 9:03AM in Debt-Free Wannabe
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  • Suseka97Suseka97 Forumite
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    Decided today was the day to contact StepChange and they were very helpful and they’ve emailed me the paperwork to complete and return and suggested my first payment should :)be made in May or June which only leaves me 2 months at most to save for my EF. Having read the various posts on here I’m wondering - do I now contact my creditors and tell them I’m working things through with StepChange and that I be making my first payment through StepChange in July (to give me a further month for my EF?) .........

    Also if i am to write to my creditors at this point can I tell them to contact me via email not by post -

    Welcome to the forum and good luck with your DMP journey :)

    To answer your first question - I would simply delay sending back the paperwork and enter a start date of July, if that's what you want. Personally I'd leave it a good 6 months (as you will have read is the advice we generally offer in order to save a decent EF). You may have come across sourcrates comment on this a few posts up advising folks that SC is funded by the banks and they will want to get you repaying by your chosen method quickly and are not interested in your EF, so in that you have to take care of yourself. It's a shame that most folks come on here after having already contacted SC and jump too quickly into their DMP. I did all those years ago, and regretted it. In saying this I'm not criticising SC, that's their job and they are a great help to people in your situation.

    Its important that folks build up an EF because you will have no access to credit once the DMP kicks in and life has a habit of throwing curveballs at you. A broken boiler, car that needs fixing, washing machine breaks down etc, etc. So what you want to avoid is having to mess around with your DMP should the unexpected happen.

    To answer your second question, yes - you can ask your creditors to contact you via email, rather than by post. A lot of folks prefer electronic communications, the main thing is to ensure you save those emails (I'd print hard copies) so you have an audit trail of anything that is agreed between you and them.
  • Azza7Azza7 Forumite
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    Well Very coming in hard and fast.I missed my first payment beginning of last week .Posted letter same day explaining my financial problems, told them I was getting advice from Age uk and Stepchange, will be doing a dmp .....could they hold account for 2 months and write only.Since then Ive had 3 texts,2 emails and 2 letters and yesterday a breakfast call (8.15am) about missed payment.At first he said he hadnt got my letter but then said oh yes my colleague forgot to put it on hold but 30 days only still paying interest and if we dont hear by then there will be more calls.I only owe them £399 but theyve already added another £33 late charge and interest.Ive saved £250 ef so far but feel depressed and so tempted to pay them off.But I cant do that with everyone I owe £21 k.Could be 6 months or more paying extra 33 till they finally default.Would wecome advice do I stand firm.Stepchange also emailed me re plan but want to hold off as long as I can as no assets .Thanks for reading it really helps to unload on someone besides the dog !x
  • sourcratessourcrates Forumite, Board Guide
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    Azza7 wrote: »
    Would wecome advice do I stand firm.Stepchange also emailed me re plan but want to hold off as long as I can as no assets .Thanks for reading it really helps to unload on someone besides the dog !x


    Defenatly stay firm, this is exactly why you should not speak to these people on the phone, they say we are adding this, and that, plus interest, blah blah, the script they use is designed to make you feel this way, and pay up, its all aimed at getting you to pay, they try to play mind games with you, so stay off the phone, and they cant do that anymore.


    The best way to deal with creditors is to write explaining your intentions, then monitor what they send you, but otherwise ignore them, until your ready to start paying them, update them at your leisure, under current data protection laws you can decide how they are to contact you, so do so, block phone numbers, ask for email contact only, you choose.
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  • Thanks Suseka97 for the advice - I keep reading and re-reading old posts and everyone suggests building up an EF first - not got much disposable income to build it up but guess if I can stretch it out for 3 months before the DMP commences then it’s something small in the pot!
    I’ve organised a new bank account and I’m going to write to the creditors to tell them I’m in negotiation with SC and looking to start making payments in July and to tell them if they wish to discuss anything with me then it must be via email - not quite sure how to word that letter so any advice is appreciated if there is any legal jargon I can follow. Need to make sure I draw out my salary from my old bank account as soon as it hits the account (too late to get it sorted for end of March salary) but frightened that they could use the offset rule with my wages ....and once I get the money into my new bank account need to contact all he companies I have ddr with for utilities etc to make sure that all ddr transferred too! Such a lot of head work and worrying that ddr that are due at start of month will try and collect from my old bank account - is it better possibly on my old online bank account for me to cancel all ddr so that the utility companies write to me?? Sorry to be a pain and ask silly questions but I know the advice given on this forum is from other people who have been in this situation. Any responses greatly appreciated for the dmp newbie! :
  • edited 22 March 2019 at 3:38PM
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    edited 22 March 2019 at 3:38PM
    I’m in negotiation with SC and looking to start making payments in July and to tell them if they wish to discuss anything with me then it must be via email - not quite sure how to word that letter so any advice is appreciated.


    dd that are due at start of month will try and collect from my old bank account - is it better possibly on my old online bank account for me to cancel all ddr so that the utility companies write to me?? :


    Hi,

    You can change bank details on most utility accounts websites, or give them a quick ring to update them, cancel your old ones first.

    The offset rule is not something widly used, and certainly not as quickly as you suggest, banks just dont work that fast lol.

    As regards contact, something along these lines may be useful :


    Dear Sirs,

    Re acc no : xxxx xxxx

    As you are aware i am in severe financial difficulty, and will soon be entering into a debt mangement plan, after taking advice from stepchange debt charity.

    To avoid unnessessary and confusing communications, i must insist that all future contact be made by email only, my prefered email address is ...(enter email address here)....!

    Please update your systems immediatly, and remove any phone numbers you currently have for me.


    Yours sincerely
    I'm a Board Guide on the Debt-Free Wannabe, Credit File and Ratings, Bankruptcy And Living With It, boards. "I volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum running smoothly".
    Board guides are not moderators and don't read every post. If you spot an abusive or illegal post then please report it to:
    [email protected].
    Any views expressed are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.com.
    "I don`t trust Bankers, I don`t trust Banks, and I don`t trust you.........Private Frazer".
    For free debt advice, contact either : Stepchange, National Debtline, CitizensAdviceBureaux.
  • edited 22 March 2019 at 6:18PM
    LLL24LLL24 Forumite
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    edited 22 March 2019 at 6:18PM
    Suseka97 wrote: »
    A shiny new thread - episode 13, well I had to jump right in :)]

    What does this mean?

    All accounts are defaulted and most will start dropping off the files in 2019 - with a couple hanging on to 2020. I can't tell you how great that'll feel :j

    I defaulted on a loan in 2014 and have been paying a small amount each month to Moorcroft.

    Any help gratefully recevied
  • sourcratessourcrates Forumite, Board Guide
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    LLL24 wrote: »
    Suseka97 wrote: »
    A shiny new thread - episode 13, well I had to jump right in :)]

    What does this mean?

    All accounts are defaulted and most will start dropping off the files in 2019 - with a couple hanging on to 2020. I can't tell you how great that'll feel :j

    I defaulted on a loan in 2014 and have been paying a small amount each month to Moorcroft.

    Any help gratefully recevied

    Means she wanted to be the first to post in the new thread, that’s all.
    I'm a Board Guide on the Debt-Free Wannabe, Credit File and Ratings, Bankruptcy And Living With It, boards. "I volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum running smoothly".
    Board guides are not moderators and don't read every post. If you spot an abusive or illegal post then please report it to:
    [email protected].
    Any views expressed are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.com.
    "I don`t trust Bankers, I don`t trust Banks, and I don`t trust you.........Private Frazer".
    For free debt advice, contact either : Stepchange, National Debtline, CitizensAdviceBureaux.
  • EmergencyNurseEmergencyNurse Forumite
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    General question to all. Whilst being on a DMP and coming to the end of a fixed rate mortgage term, how did the DMP affect your ability to get a decent new fixed rate deal with the same provider? Did your mortgage payments increase significantly?
    Debt March 2018 £27,596:eek: DMP Start June 2018 Debt Free Date 2023:T:T:T Debt July 2020 £14,700
  • PuzzcatPuzzcat Forumite
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    General question to all. Whilst being on a DMP and coming to the end of a fixed rate mortgage term, how did the DMP affect your ability to get a decent new fixed rate deal with the same provider? Did your mortgage payments increase significantly?

    I have fixed mine twice since being on a dmp with the same provider (Nationwide) just did it online, both times my mortgage payments went down with reasonable interest rates.

    Puzz
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  • Hi everyone - just wanted to give an update on how my self managed plan is going, and also ask about payday loan complaints.

    So first of all, I decided a few weeks ago to switch to a self managed DMP. Decided to give myself a two month break from payments too. Happy to report this is going well so far. Heard back from most creditors via letter who were fine with everything. Still a couple yet to respond. Also ive had two more defaults which I’m pleased about. That’s 5 down and
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