All Debt Management Plans entered into by clients of ClearDebt Group plc companies are administered by Abacus (Financial Consultants) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of ClearDebt Group plc.
DMP agreements between you and us are made on the following terms:
'You' - our client, whose name is recorded overleaf (and partner
where any of the debts are in joint names).
'Us' and 'We' - Abacus (Financial Consultants) Limited "Abacus"). Registered Office: Nelson House, Park Road, Timperley, Cheshire, WA14 5BZ. Consumer Credit License Number 482265
'Creditors' any and all of your unsecured creditors whose details you will provide to us in accordance with section 3.
'Debt Management Programme' a plan of repayments produced by us in accordance with section 4.2.
'Period' the period during which the Debt Management Programme is in operation.
'Fees' the fees to be paid by you to us in accordance with the Debt Management Plan.
You request us and we agree to provide you with a debt counselling advisory and adjusting service in accordance with these terms and conditions. You authorise us to negotiate on your behalf with your creditors. This agreement shall continue until final repayment of the Creditors is made in accordance with the Debt Management Plan, unless it should have been terminated beforehand in accordance with section 6.
3.1 You will provide to us on request with information relating
to your finances. This will include but will not be limited to
details of your income and expenditure, your Creditors and any
agreements you have with them, any loans or mortgages you have,
your dependants and any judgements made against you or any other
enforcement action being taken against you.
3.2 You will sign any necessary forms of authority or any other documents so that we may negotiate with your Creditors on your behalf.
3.3 You will pass copies of all correspondence from your Creditors to us and keep us informed of any dealings you have with any Creditors, whether we are negotiating with them or not. Once the Debt Management Plan has been agreed, you will not make any expenditure over and above your reasonable living expenses as calculated in the Debt Management Plan. You will not use your credit cards nor incur further debts.
3.4 You will consult with us in relation to your Debt Management Plan of repayments and in relation to any alterations to it or reviews of it. Your payments to us will need to be amended to reflect any reasonable changes which your circumstances dictate. You will make payments to us under and in accordance with the Debt Management Plan promptly and without any deductions.
3.5 On occasion your Creditors may not provide us with balances of your accounts due to their own company procedures. If these circumstances arise then you will obtain this information for us and supply us accordingly.
3.6 We cannot be held responsible for any legal action taken against you by your Creditors as a result of fraudulent or incorrect information provided by you at the time of acquiring a loan, HP agreement, credit card or any other form of credit.
3.7 Non contact from you will not be considered cancellation of the agreement. If any funds are owing to you then written confirmation will be required to release funds owing to you in accordance with section 6 of this agreement.
3.8 If you do not maintain regular payments we will suspend any action and payments on your account. Your Creditors may have to be informed that payments are not being maintained. This may result in your Creditors continuing legal action against you for which we cannot be held responsible.
3.9 You remain responsible for continuing to pay any secured loans, mortgages or Hire Purchase agreements and all household bills (including insurances).
4.1 We will review your finances, covering your income,
expenditure, debts, and assets. These will include all debts
secured on property or goods, which we will take into consideration
but cannot negotiate reduced payments on. We will calculate your
disposable income, based on reasonable living expenses. All
financial statements will be reviewed by one of our in-house debt
4.2 In consultation with you we will produce a Debt Management Plan by which you can pay off your creditors out of your disposable income at rates you can afford. The Debt Management Plan will let you make monthly payments to us and will take account of your Creditors and of our Fees. It will not take account of any matters you have not told us about in accordance with section 3. It will also take account of the differing requirements of your different Creditors, if there is more than one.
4.3 We will negotiate with your Creditors and attempt to agree repayment terms with them of the amounts outstanding. In doing so we shall use the Debt Management Plan and we shall ensure that the periodic payments that we agree with your Creditors on your behalf do not exceed your disposable income (less our fee) as calculated by us for the same period.
4.4 We shall attempt to agree with your Creditors, where appropriate, that they freeze or reduce their interest charges and that they suspend or withdraw enforcement proceedings issued in connection with your agreements with them. In rare instances County Court proceedings may still be actioned against you. In these cases we will assist in completion of all relevant paperwork as required. We cannot guarantee to stop legal action by your creditors.
4.5 We shall make payments to your Creditors in accordance with the Debt Management Plan.
4.6 The payments made to your Creditors will be reflected on the statements you will receive from them. A full breakdown of all payments we have made can be obtained on request. On all Creditors accepting the offers of repayment we will issue you with a breakdown of these. In addition we will issue annual statements showing all payments and receipts on your account.
4.7 Should your circumstances or any other relevant matter change during the Period, we shall, in consultation with you and your Creditors, review the Debt Management Plan and if necessary shall make changes to it in agreement with you and with any Creditors concerned.
4.8 From time to time your Creditors will request an update of your financial situation. We will contact you to review your current financial circumstances and update your Debt Management Plan accordingly. To aid this process we request that payslips are regularly forwarded to us for review.
4.9 All payments to us will be made into our client account. This account is separate to our own business accounts and funds held for distribution to your creditors will be retained for that purpose only. No interest will be payable to you on funds that we hold. At all times funds held for distribution to your Creditors will be classed as client monies.
4.10 During the negotiation process some creditors may continue to charge interest and other recovery charges. We cannot always prevent these charges being levied. These will however be paid off as part of your Debt Management Plan.
4.11 We can only provide advice on the services that we offer.
4.12 Like all companies in the ClearDebt Group, Abacus takes any complaint regarding its practices very seriously. The complaints policy for all companies in the ClearDebt Group can be found here: Complaints Policy You will be sent a written acknowledgement of your complaint within one business day of our receiving your written complaint.
5.1 As most of our work for you will be done at the start of the
Period, we will retain as a fee the first monthly payment and 90%
of the second monthly payment to cover the cost of implementing
your Debt Management Plan. Taking 90% of the second payment means
that each of your creditors will receive a token payment in the
second month of your plan.
5.2 Unless we agree otherwise with you we will take from each monthly payment under the Debt Management Plan a gross fee equal to 17.625% of the payment received, subject to a minimum fee of £30.00.
5.3 If this agreement is ended in accordance with section 6, we will return any undistributed funds after having deducted the above fees and you will not have to pay us any more money. This will be made within 30 days of receiving written confirmation in order to allow us time to process all receipts and payments on your account.
5.4 In the case of weekly payments, four and a third times the weekly payment will equate to one monthly payment.
5.5 We will send you an estimated fees schedule when we first
agree your proposed plan and before we receive any payment from
you. Our fee estimate will be based on your estimated creditor
balances and will include an estimate of the time necessary to
repay your debt, based on the assumption that interest and charges
will be frozen on these debts. We will also include two further
estimates based on the amount you owe being 25% or 50% larger than
the estimate we discussed with you.
5.6 When we receive actual balances from the creditors you owe money to we will send you an Actual Fees Schedule. We will never charge you more than the fees detailed in this schedule (provided that there are no material differences or omissions of the creditor balances used in the calculation). This schedule will also show the estimated length (in years and months) of your Debt Management Plan. Where creditors continue to charge interest or charges this term will be extended but we will never charge you any additional fees.
6.1 On receipt of your first payment we will issue to you a key features document and estimated fees schedule. If for any reason you wish to cancel we offer a seven working day cooling-off period from the date of this letter in which we offer a full refund of any fees which we have taken.
6.2 After the seven working day cooling off period you may end this agreement by giving us four weeks notice in writing.
6.3 We may end this agreement by giving you four weeks notice in writing if any one of the following things happens:
1. You breach this agreement and do not remedy the breach within seven days of our bringing the breach to your attention;
2. A bankruptcy petition is issued against you;
3. You enter into an Individual Voluntary Arrangement/Trust Deed;
4. Where the information provided to us is knowingly incorrect;
5. The information provided by you at the time of acquiring a loan (HP agreement, credit cards or any other form of credit) is deemed incorrect or fraudulent by any creditor; or
6. If we are affected by Force Majeure.
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