Companies House pauses strike-off again
Companies House has temporarily paused the voluntary and compulsory strike-off processes for one month from 21 January until 21 February 2021. It says that its strict adherence to the government’s COVID-secure guidance had reduced the number of office staff. This has led to delays in processing correspondence, documents and forms.
The one-month pause follows a similar pause last year and applies to the processing of both voluntary and compulsory company strike-offs. It intends to review the position before the end of the one month period.
The return of HMRC’s preferential status
Companies facing insolvency are now affected by the return of HMRC’s preferential status as a creditor, limiting their ability to negotiate a company voluntary arrangement (CVA).
If you own a business, invest in them or are a creditor to them, you may be aware that on 1 December HMRC became a preferential creditor for all company insolvencies. This means it will have the right to be paid before other creditors (such as providers of floating charge finance, suppliers and customers) but sits behind any preferential claims that employees may have in respect of arrears of wages (up to a limit of £800) and an unlimited amount for accrued holiday pay.