There were 4,716 compulsory liquidations and creditors’ voluntary liquidations in total in England and Wales in the third quarter of 2009 (on a seasonally adjusted basis). This was a decrease of 4.7% on the previous quarter but an increase of 14.6% on the same period a year ago.
This was made up of 1,301 compulsory liquidations (which are down 9.8% on the previous quarter and down 12.9% on the corresponding quarter of the previous year), and 3,415 creditors voluntary liquidations (which are down 2.6% on the previous quarter but up 30.2% on the corresponding quarter of the previous year).
In the twelve months ending Q3 2009, approximately 1 in 114 active companies (or 0.9%) went into liquidation, which is up slightly on the previous quarter when the figure was approximately 1 in 120.
Additionally, there were 1,578 other corporate insolvencies in the third quarter of 2009 (not seasonally adjusted) comprising 410 receiverships, 974 administrations and 194 company voluntary arrangements. In total these represented an increase of 9.3% on the same period a year ago.
INDIVIDUAL INSOLVENCIES (not seasonally adjusted – see ‘Notes to Editors’ paragraph 13)
There were 35,242 individual insolvencies in England and Wales in the third quarter of 2009. This was an increase of 28.2% on the same period a year ago.
This was made up of 18,347 bankruptcies (which were up 6.4% on the corresponding quarter of the previous year), 12,390 Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs), (which were up 20.9% on the corresponding quarter of the previous year) and 4,505 Debt Relief Orders (DROs)
The Debt Relief Order is a new individual insolvency procedure which came into force on 6 April 2009 and which provides an alternative route into personal insolvency for certain categories of over-indebted individuals, subject to some restrictions.
Some of those who had a DRO approved would have been declared bankrupt had the DRO route not been an option, but it is not possible to quantify this proportion.
In the third quarter of 2009, 85% of bankruptcies were made on the petition of the debtor, slightly down on the previous quarter, although figures remain slightly higher than throughout 2008 as a whole. The percentage of bankruptcy orders involving trading debts (self-employed bankruptcies) was 13.1% in the second quarter of 2009 (third quarter 2009 figures for trading-related bankruptcies are not yet available), which is a decrease from 13.7% in the previous quarter, but a little higher than throughout 2007 and 2008.