The Insolvency Service (IS) has launched public consultations about the proposed closure of three Official Receiver’s offices.
Sites in Bournemouth, Medway and Stockton could potentially be lost with the IS raising the prospect of merging them into other centres.
The consultation – which will run from March 27 to June 22 – is inviting the public and stakeholders to voice their opinions on the possible closures.
The Bournemouth office could be merged with Southampton, Medway with Canterbury and Stockton with Newcastle.
The full public consultation documents can be found on the IS’ website.
In September, Insolvency News reported the mooted closures.
At the time, David Ward, director of communications at the IS, explained: “This is about equipping ourselves for the future.
“Overall, we are centralising back office work into eight large administration centres with two in each of our regions. It is a bit like a hub-and-spoke structural pattern.
“We have found that bankruptcies have gone down and in the future, we need to be able to respond to changes in case numbers – whether we need to scale down or scale up.
“We need the right estate strategy in place to contract or expand quickly.”
The IS is also set to leave its head office, based in Bloomsbury, for offices in Victoria.