Sample letter

Write off the debt SCOTLAND (joint names)

​Use this letter when asking your creditor if they would consider writing off your debt. You can find information about how to use this letter in our fact sheet Review your offers to creditors. Contact us for advice before using this letter.

Letter in sole names

You can choose to send a letter in your own name or in joint names. You may have a debt in joint names, or want to write to your creditors together because you have worked out a joint budget.
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31 October 2020

Dear Sir/Madam

Account No:

We are writing to tell you that we are getting advice from National Debtline on dealing with our financial situation and choosing the right debt solution for us.

We enclose a copy of our budget which gives details of our present financial circumstances.

As you can see, our outgoings are more than our income and we are experiencing extreme financial hardship.

We would be very grateful if you would consider writing off the outstanding debt owing. We have always taken our financial responsibilities very seriously but unfortunately, our circumstances are so bad that we cannot realistically maintain payments of any kind. Please take the following special information into account when making your decision.

As you can see our situation is very unlikely to improve in the future and our continued high level of debt may have a serious effect on our physical and mental wellbeing.

We would be grateful if you would seriously consider our request to write off the debt.

We look forward to hearing from you.

(Please note, all further correspondence should be addressed to us. National Debtline are a self-help agency and are not acting as our representative).

Yours faithfully