Companies House is to put a halt on voluntary and compulsory strike-off processes for one month to tackle a backlog and get on top of all the processing correspondence, documents and forms which have been delayed.
Delays occurred as Companies House have been following the Government’s COVID-secure guidance which means fewer staff in its offices.
The strike off processes will be on hold from 21 January until 21 February.
Companies House will continue to publish first Gazette notices for voluntary strike-off applications to reduce the impact on those who have applied to close their company but the second Gazette notice will not be published, nor will companies be struck off in this period.
For companies on the path of compulsory strike-off, Companies House will not be publishing first and second Gazette notices.
With the pause, companies will be given more time to update their records, helping them avoid being struck off the register. Creditors and other parties who may have had difficulty in receiving notices or registering an objection, or whose objections have not yet been processed will also be protected.
Through this period Companies House will continue to remind customers about filing responsibilities. Digital services are available as normal and so companies are encouraged to file online if possible.