Sometimes the creditors shouting the loudest are not always the ones you should pay first. Generally, priority debts are ones that have bad consequences for you when they are not paid but they might need prioritising for other reasons too, take a look below for more information.
What can go wrong with Priority Debts?
Priority Debt Examples
Maintain rent, mortgage and secured loan payments. Keeping the roof over your head is essential. If you have arrears with these creditors, negotiate repayments to clear them.
Essential Utility Services
Paying your utility bills for heating, lighting, water and phone, these are essential living costs. If you fall into arrears, stick to a repayment plan to clear them.
Council tax is a bill that has to be paid by law so it's best to prioritise it in your budget. If you have arrears, these must usually be repaid over a short term, such as 12 months.
Magistrate Court Fines
Magistrate court fines i.e. parking or speeding fines must be repaid by law. You can ask the court fines Officer for repayment terms if not already in place. Keep repayments up to date.
Hire Purchase and Log Book Loans
Hire purchase or log book loans for vehicles essential for travel must be kept up to date. You can often negotiate terms or hand the vehicle back, seek free debt advice first.
Child Maintenance Support
Child maintenance under a court order or Child Support Agency, must be paid. Arrears payments can be agreed with a re-calculation if circumstances have changed.
Other Reasons to Prioritise Debts
Request a Hold
Template Hold Letter
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