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In Spring 2010 you could declare yourself bankrupt online

According to a report in the Guardian newspaper on Friday 13th November 2009 the UK Government is set to announce proposals that would allow individuals to declare themselves bankrupt online. This would avoid any court involvement which in certain parts of the country are seeing a three month delay in the granting of bankruptcy orders.

The Government’s Minister for Business, Ian Lucas, stated that “bankruptcy should be the option of last resort for those burdened with unmanageable levels of debt, and this won’t change under our proposed reforms. However, once a person has decided that it is the only viable solution for their debt problems, these proposed changes will make it easier for them to proceed into bankruptcy. Many people delay making a petition for bankruptcy because they do not want to appear in court – meaning they can sink further into debt. We want to reduce that delay, while also freeing up valuable court time and resources to deal with other aspects of insolvency.”

There has been a sharp 18% rise in the number of personal insolvencies in the third quarter of 2009 in comparison to the same period in 2008. At the same time the Uk also saw a 3% rise in house repossession figures according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

Joanne Wright, a partner at Begbies Traynor believes that we should expect to see “approximately 140,000 bankruptcies and Individual Voluntary Agreements… as a result of individuals, who have recently lost their jobs or face higher costs and tax burdens, taking stock of their finances ahead of the new year.

The Government’s consultation period for the proposal closes on 8th February 2010 and yet again goes to prove just how deep the recession is for people across the UK.

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