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Personal bankruptcies rocket

Personal bankruptcies in England and Wales have leapt by 75 per cent to their highest levels in three years, according to credit-rating agency Experian.

It says there were 480 new bankruptcies in June 2005 compared with 275 in the same month in 2003.

This increase brings the total in the first half of this year to 2,496 – 513 more than in the same period in 2004 and 906 higher than in 2003.

As well as the impact on individuals’ credit scores, people declaring themselves bankrupt are also forbidden from being elected in council elections, standing for Par- liament and managing a limited company.

Experian says more than 5,000 people have gone bankrupt since the Enterprise Act came into force in April last year, cutting the average length of time until discharge from bankruptcy from three years to one year.

Director of consumer affairs Jill Stevens says: “Although, for some, bankruptcy is the best solution, it is important that people do not see it as the easy option to rid themselves of their debts. Bankruptcy has some very serious repercussions that will affect the debtor for many years after they have seen their bankruptcy order discharged.

“People really have to consider bankruptcy as a last resort. I would strongly urge them to ask for help as soon as they can and not to let the situation get worse.”


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