[Diggers350] Almost 5,500 cases a day passed to bailiffs

Mr Zouk mrzouk8 at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 7 13:22:48 BST 2011

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--- On Thu, 4/7/11, Tony Gosling <tony at cultureshop.org.uk> wrote:

From: Tony Gosling <tony at cultureshop.org.uk>
Subject: [Diggers350] Almost 5,500 cases a day passed to bailiffs
To: "Massimo" <diggers350 at yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thursday, April 7, 2011, 6:13 PM


btw - ONLY fines which have been sanctioned by a magistrate's court are legally enforcable
so many of these council and bailiff's actions rely on alleged debtors ignorance of the law or lack of access to a lawyer/legal advice

Councils call bailiffs in 2m times

(UKPA) – Wed 6th April 2011

Bailiffs are called in to collect unpaid council taxes and parking fines in more than two million cases a year across the country and more than 100,000 in Newham, campaigners have said.

Almost 5,500 cases a day are passed to debt recovery agencies by local councils in England, Scotland and Wales, a report showed.

Newham Council called in debt collectors in 131,542 cases, according to statistics.

The figures, released to the civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch under the Freedom of Information Act, come after concerns that bailiffs harass or intimidate those who owe money, charge excessive fees and threaten debtors with imprisonment.

Daniel Hamilton, director of Big Brother Watch, said: "The coalition Government must act now to end the culture of bully-boy debt collection which has taken hold in town halls across the country.

"Sending in bailiffs to recover debts should always be the absolute last resort. The fact local councils have passed more than six million cases to bailiffs for matters as trivial as the late payment of council taxes and parking fines is truly shocking."

Overall, the 320 local authorities who responded to the survey passed 4,527,917 cases to third-party debt recovery agencies for the non-payment of council tax, and 1,411,086 cases for the non-payment of fines for parking infringements, between 2007/08 and 2009/10.

Local Government and Housing Minister Grant Shapps said: "The coalition Government will rein in the aggressive use of bailiffs, and defend people's rights and liberties against home invasion. In addition, we will not be introducing the last Government's plans to allow bailiffs to force entry into homes to collect civil debts."

A Newham Council spokesman said: "We recognise that sometimes people may have difficulty paying their council tax, which is why we offer help when they contact us, such as agreeing payments within their means. Residents are contacted on numerous occasions before starting legal proceedings.

"Bailiffs are only ever used as a last resort and once an order has been obtained from the magistrates' court. Bailiffs are required to act within the law and anyone who feels they have acted improperly should contact the bailiff or the council to raise their concerns." 
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