Scottish Debt Advisor is a trading style of the Financial Guidance Group (the “Group”).
The Group will only charge fees if an IVA is approved by creditors.
Our fees are taken from your monthly payment or asset realisations paid into your arrangement.
The Group operates a transparent, inclusive fixed fee cost of £3,650 which incorporates the Nominee Fee, Supervisory Fee and all costs and expenses associated with the arrangement.
We also offer, as part of your proposal, to start distributing a percentage of the payments made by you from month three of your arrangement, or earlier in some cases, which means the balance owed to your creditors begins to reduce.
In some cases, creditors may try to amend the terms of the IVA so that we are not required to make payments to them until the Nominees Fee and Disbursements have been repaid. We will resist these attempts.
In an IVA there are three different types of cost charged by an Insolvency Practitioner.
1. Nominee’s Fee
This fee covers the setting up and preparation of your IVA. This includes assessing your current financial situation and your repayment offer to creditors, issuing the Proposal to your creditors, the administration and facilitation of the creditors’ decision process used to consider the IVA, and any negotiations with creditors during this process.
Most other IVA providers will typically charge a Nominee’s fee of £1,000 but will also charge various other costs and charges in addition (see below). We charge a fee of £1,900 to include all other necessary expenses.
2. Supervisor’s Fees
These fees are charged for the ongoing administration of the IVA which includes collecting and distributing your monthly repayments, dealing with any queries raised by you or your creditors, completing an annual review of your financial circumstances, reporting annually to you and your creditors about the progress of the IVA, and dealing with the closing formalities.
Again, most other IVA providers will charge Supervisor’s fees based on a percentage of any monies paid into the arrangement, typically 15%. This means that the more you pay into your IVA, the higher the Supervisor’s fee.
The Group will charge a fixed Supervisor’s fee of £1,750 regardless of the amount of your monthly contribution. We will charge an additional 15% on any other asset realisations that may come into your arrangement, for example, windfalls or compensation for mis-selling claims.
These are costs paid by the IP to third party companies for various costs and expenses of administering the arrangement and will typically include software licences, insurances, and registrations that are required as part of the arrangement. These may also include payments made for the provision of additional services to provide the best return for your creditors.
Typically, the disbursements of an arrangement equate to an average of £2,000 per case if they are charged separately to the other fees, however, this is subject to individual circumstances and could vary.
IPs who charge disbursements separately to their Nominee and Supervisor’s fees will ensure that those disbursements and all accrued fees are paid before any payment is made to your creditors. This can mean that your creditors do not receive any payments for up to two years and in some cases even longer.
By charging an overall fixed fee of £3,650 to include all costs and expenses of the IVA and by making payments to your creditors from month 3 we believe we are offering a fairer allocation of your monthly contributions.
Debt Arrangement Scheme Fees and Costs
If you enter into a Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS) Debt Payment Programme through us, there will be fees payable by you and your creditors. There are three types of fee charged in a DAS.
The first two payments you make into your DAS will be taken as an initial fee to cover the work that is involved in setting up your Debt Payment Programme (DPP), this includes preparing your offer and negotiating with your creditors. If you are introduced to the Money Adviser at the Group by another debt advice organisation then it is likely your initial fee payments will be paid to that organisation.
Monthly management fee
A monthly management fee of £35 is charged to cover the day to day administration of your DPP, including dealing with any issues that may arise, conducting the annual review of your circumstances, collecting your payments and any other matters that may arise.
For each payment distributed to your creditors, they will pay us a fee of 4.5% of the distributed amount.
For each payment that is distributed to your creditors, they pay to us a fee
Below is a typical example of the costs and fees charged in an DAS, where the client has £10,000 worth of unsecured creditors and is making monthly repayments of £150. Based on these levels it would take 89 months to repay their creditors in full together with our costs.
Initial fee (2 x £150): £300
Management fee (87 x £35): £3,045
Distribution Fee paid by your creditors (4.5% of distributions): £450
Total Fees over the life of the DAS: £3,795
Total amount paid by you, including all debts and fees: £13,345