- Inflationary pressures on household budgets mean debtors likely to breach repayment plans, warns KPMG
According to figures released by the Insolvency Service today, 30,219 people went into bankruptcy or entered into an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (‘IVA’) or Debt Relief Order (‘DRO’) in the quarter ended 30 September 2011, an overall decrease of 11 per cent compared to the same quarter in 2010. The number of Bankruptcy Orders has fallen dramatically, the number of people entering IVAs has remained static but the number of people entering DROs (first introduced in April 2009) continues to rise rapidly.
Chris Nutting, Director of Personal Insolvency at KPMG said: “Today’s figures show that the latest bankruptcy numbers 9567 are falling to levels last seen in 2004. And whilst this may seem to be good news on the face of it, it fails to reflect the number of people with severe personal indebtedness.
“There is a growing number of individuals with large amounts of unsecured debt looking for some resolution of their financial problems which have simply not gone away.
“And while creditors are willing to set up repayment plans with debtors, the continual pressure on household budgets due to the price increases of fuel, energy and food means that even agreed repayment plans will be broken. This is likely to result in more debtors eventually turning to a formal insolvency procedure to resolve their financial problems.
“It is vital that debtors consult with their creditors at the earliest opportunity when faced with financial problems and seek proper advice as to the options available to them.”
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