According to Callcredit, this is an increase of £45.6m in just one quarter – and an increase of more than £100m on 2007 figures – but individuals are less willing or able to settle these mounting debts.
The number of CCJs active in Q3 2008 stands at 213,061 – up 19 per cent in just three months.
CallcreditCheck.com head Owen Roberts says: “As the economic climate gets stormier, more and more people are struggling to make their debt repayments. This is shown by the rising number of County Court Judgments issued and the fall in the number of people repaying in full.
“A number of factors may be contributing to this situation: with tighter lending criteria some may be unable to get the credit they need to repay their debts or people may be reluctant to pay them off if they believe they will not be lent to again.”