A client of mine worked for a local business which was run by though a limited company. Recently, she was made redundant (albeit with little due process) and the business closed with effect from 30 November. She received no redundancy pay and the director of the business has been absent for some days and had not discussed the matter.
We discovered yesterday that the company was about to be struck off the register as it had not filed accounts for a while. I have little doubt the director knew of this and has cleared out the company's bank account first. Thankfully, we managed to get the process stopped (for the time being); the next stage I think is to get the debt established, via ACAS and then an employment tribunal. Then try and enforce the debt, possibly in making the company formally insolvent. Then, when the company is in liquidation, claim redundancy from the government's compensation scheme.
What I was wondering is is there any way of going straight to the government's compensation scheme without going through the process of putting the company into liquidation? And could a claim have been made if the company had been struck off as, obviously, this is not the same as insolvency.
Also, generally, what do Companes House think they are doing in removing active companies from the register? It seems they are colluding with rogue companies in defauding employees and suppliers of their opportunity to collect money due to them.