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Personal bankruptcy continues to rise as households struggle with soaring bills and credit card payments, according to Government figures. The number of individual bankruptcy petitions filed in the High Court and county courts in England and Wales between April and June was up 10 per cent at 15,796 on the same quarter last year, the Department for Constitutional Affairs said.
Although the number of petitions from creditors fell 17 per cent to 4,649, the number of people filing for bankruptcy themselves rose 20 per cent to 11,147.
But fewer people filed for bankruptcy in the period than between January and March, when some 13,897 made the move. However, companies appeared to be coping better than individuals with rising costs.
The number of firms subject to a winding-up petition during the period was almost 2,800, a drop of 18 per cent on last year.
Credit card bills and loans
The figures back up those released last week from the Government's Insolvency Service, which showed a record number became insolvent this spring as Britons struggled to pay off credit card bills and loans.
Some 26,021 people in England and Wales became insolvent - a step short of bankruptcy - between April and June, the highest figure ever and well above the 15,645 in the same period last year, and the 23,653 who went through the courts between January and March this year.
Financial services group KPMG predicted that the total number of insolvencies this year would top 100,000, the equivalent of one every minute of the working day.
The Bank of England heaped further pressure on households last week when it increased the cost of borrowing by 0.25 per cent.
Major high street banks have also reported soaring levels of bad debt in the UK.
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