We (me and my partner) are 3 years into a joint IVA which we have been told will be extended by 10 months to make up for underpayments for emergency car repairs and unearned wages due to sickness. During this 'variation' in payment request I have requested an amount for certain vitamin supplements as I have arthritus and take a drug that suppresses my immune system. I therefore take supplements for my joints and to support my immune system. The ip are refusing to allow this expenditure. Surely this can't be allowed when they are seriously putting my health at risk and my ability to continue to work regularly. They have quoted a 'maximum' allowance. is there a list of 'maximum allowances that I can get?
When we entered the agreement the amount for vitamins was limited to a couple of existing conditions. I had only just been diagnosed with a serious chronic illness and started treatment so I wasn't aware how expensive the supplements that I needed were going to be.
I requested a variaton two years ago but nothing ever happened even though I had reduced the payments.
Now at long last something is happening they are refusing to allow the expenditure as they say that the original expenditure is the 'maximum' allowable. They also say that I can only have a certain amount for food..............is this allowed as well?
I do not agree with benchmarks - especially for important medication - and the ultimate judges are your creditors and not the IP. I would certainly be accepting this expenditure so long as it could be proven and justified - which it certainly seems to be from your post.
Regards, Melanie Giles, Insolvency Practitioner for over 20 years.
At the worst ask your IP if you can reduce your payments by the monthly cost of the vitamins that you need and to tag an extra month or two onto the ten months that you have already.You need to safeguard your health.
Gosh, Just re-read this post as I have not been on this site since I received the helpful feedback. So what happened? After much jumping up and down and screaming the IP agreed to put the request to creditors which was supported by some documentation from my pharmacist who yearly reviews all my medication and supplements. Thankfully the creditors agreed. We are now three months away from the end of our 6 years and we are very proud that we have, to the best of our ability, repaid as much of our debt as we could. Thanks for your support.