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Friday, August 6, 2010

More people than ever are becoming insolvent

Insolvency statistics give cause for concern

Official figures released by the Government’s Insolvency Service today show a 5% increase in the number of people getting into serious financial difficulties in the last three months. Although the number of bankruptcies has dropped by nearly 20% in the past year, the overall number of people becoming insolvent has increased as greater use is made of alternative ways of tackling high debt levels.

It seems clear that many people are struggling to cope with the effects of the downturn and record numbers are becoming insolvent. Job losses and cuts in overtime payments are making life difficult for households. This means that debt that was previously affordable can become a real problem. And as public sector spending cuts start to kick in, the situation is likely to get even worse.

In the first six months of 2010, over 70,000 people have become insolvent – the equivalent of a town the size of Barnsley or Chesterfield.

The cost of becoming bankrupt has increased in recent months and this may have encouraged people to look at alternatives. In particular, the new Debt Relief Order has become more popular since it was introduced last year. The good news is that there is help available – but I would recommend that anyone in difficulties should take advice from a reputable organisation. Beware of unsolicited calls offering advice that sounds too good to be true.

To find out what all your options are, call me today on 01709 331300.

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