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Insolvency in numbers - individual insolvencies reach a six year high

The Insolvency Service have released the latest data on company and individual insolvency numbers in England & Wales. The statistics cover the period from April to June 2018 (Q2 2018). Below are the key findings from the report: 


  • The underlying number of insolvencies decreased in Q2 2018 but was higher than the same quarter in 2017
  • This was driven by falls in Compulsory Liquidations, Administrations and underlying Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidations (“CVLs”)
  • Of the 3,918 corporate insolvencies there was 2,731 CVLs, representing 69.7% of all insolvencies
  • Construction was the industry with the highest number of insolvencies in the 12 months ending Q2 2018


  • Total individual insolvencies continued to increase in Q2 2018, reaching the highest quarterly level since Q1 of 2012
  • This was driven by increases in Individual Voluntary Arrangements (“IVA”), which reached a record high, and Debt Relief Orders
  • The number of IVAs in Q2 218 rose 5.7% compared to Q1 2018. This was the largest quarterly number of IVAs since they were introduced in 1987
  • There were 28,951 individual insolvencies in Q2 2018, 62% of which were IVAs

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