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Monthly UK insolvency statistics – May 2021

Published: 17/06/2021 By Jane Price

The following figures are part of a monthly series published by the Insolvency Services to supplement quarterly National Statistics, with the aim of providing more up to date information as COVID-19 continues.

Figure 1: Overall, numbers of registered company insolvencies have remained lower than pre-pandemic levels since the start of the first UK lockdown in March 2020

England and Wales, May 2019 to May 2021, Not seasonally adjusted



There were 1,011 registered company insolvencies registered in May 2021 in England & Wales.

  • 7% higher than the number registered in the same month in the previous year (946 in May 2020), and
  • 25% lower than the number registered two years previously (1,352 in May 2019).


These figures are made up as follows:
Company Voluntary Liquidations = 930 (18% higher than 2020 but 3% lower than 2019)
Compulsory liquidations = 31 (6% lower than 2020 and 89% lower than 2019)
Administrations = 43 (61% lower than 2020 and 55% lower than 2019)
Company Voluntary Arrangements = 6 (50% lower than 2020 and 81% lower than 2019)

Detailed figures and information of monthly company insolvency data for England & Wales can be found at the Insolvency Service here

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Insolvency Procedures explained?

Company Voluntary Liquidation (CVL)
Compulsory Liquidations or winding up by the court

Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA)
Company Administration