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New bailiffs' law means collectors can no longer use physical force in East Lancs

Lancashire Telegraph: New bailiffs' law means collectors can no longer use physical force New bailiffs' law means collectors can no longer use physical force

THOUSANDS of struggling families across East Lancashire have new protection against bailiffs.

A law change, which came into force yesterday, means debt collectors can no longer use physical force against debtors, or enter premises at night.

Other changes mean they can no longer enter homes when only children are present, and will not be able to take household essentials, such as washing machines or ovens.

As the Lancashire Telegraph exclusively reported last month, almost 5,000 families in Blackburn and Darwen faced a visit from bailiffs over unpaid council tax last year – nearly 2,000 more than the year before.

And in Burnley, more than 2,500 struggling families had a rap on the door – up 40 per cent from the previous year.

The changes were welcomed by the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, but they said the measures didn’t go far enough.

Chief executive Gillian Guy said: “For too long, bailiffs have been getting away with aggressive behaviour and charging for visits they don’t make.

“People have reported bailiffs giving debt letters to their children and also threatening violence.

“These new rules reflect just how out of control the industry is.

“We’d like to see a licensing system that means firms are struck off if bailiffs break the rules.”

Coun Andy Kay, who is executive member for resources at Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “The council is fully aware of the changes to the bailiff regulations as are the bailiff companies it uses.

“Any company employed by the council in the collection and recovery of council tax and business rates arrears will be measured against the highest standards.”

The rules will also see the introduction of fixed fees, ending the ability of bailiffs to add excessive charge.

Hyndburn and Haslingden MP Graham Jones added: “I have had several cases where I have had to deal with bailiffs who, through being over-zealous, have not acted within the regulations.

“And I have had to resolve some heart-breaking cases.”

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6:42pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Stone Island: says...

If any bailiffs are reading this; get a proper job, you're on a par with traffic wardens!
If any bailiffs are reading this; get a proper job, you're on a par with traffic wardens! Stone Island:
  • Score: 17

7:08pm Mon 7 Apr 14

frank says...

thats an insult to traffic wardens ;-)
thats an insult to traffic wardens ;-) frank
  • Score: 17

7:51pm Mon 7 Apr 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Do you think for one minute we will take any notice of that.
Do you think for one minute we will take any notice of that. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -11

8:00pm Mon 7 Apr 14

iasiah fartwell says...

simple solution, dont park where you'll get a ticket, and if you get one pay it, simples, but then again there people out that are to stupid to do that
simple solution, dont park where you'll get a ticket, and if you get one pay it, simples, but then again there people out that are to stupid to do that iasiah fartwell
  • Score: -8

11:27pm Mon 7 Apr 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

Just pay the bill you owe then nobody will come round! These people don't turn up out of the blue, they are there for a reason!
Just pay the bill you owe then nobody will come round! These people don't turn up out of the blue, they are there for a reason! HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 1

11:54pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Steven11 says...

iasiah fartwell wrote:
simple solution, dont park where you'll get a ticket, and if you get one pay it, simples, but then again there people out that are to stupid to do that
Silly **** well , who the hell is talking about parking tickets here . Or are you just learning to speak English but struggling .
[quote][p][bold]iasiah fartwell[/bold] wrote: simple solution, dont park where you'll get a ticket, and if you get one pay it, simples, but then again there people out that are to stupid to do that[/p][/quote]Silly **** well , who the hell is talking about parking tickets here . Or are you just learning to speak English but struggling . Steven11
  • Score: 7

2:06am Tue 8 Apr 14

ikap22 says...

Steven11 wrote:
iasiah fartwell wrote:
simple solution, dont park where you'll get a ticket, and if you get one pay it, simples, but then again there people out that are to stupid to do that
Silly **** well , who the hell is talking about parking tickets here . Or are you just learning to speak English but struggling .
I agree with you pal, for once.
[quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]iasiah fartwell[/bold] wrote: simple solution, dont park where you'll get a ticket, and if you get one pay it, simples, but then again there people out that are to stupid to do that[/p][/quote]Silly **** well , who the hell is talking about parking tickets here . Or are you just learning to speak English but struggling .[/p][/quote]I agree with you pal, for once. ikap22
  • Score: -5

8:36am Tue 8 Apr 14

Steven Seagull says...

HelmshoreMan2010 wrote:
Just pay the bill you owe then nobody will come round! These people don't turn up out of the blue, they are there for a reason!
Totally agree. Don't buy things you can't afford and live within your means. Too many people want things and they want it right now and expect the credit card fairy to pay for it.

These people who criticise bailiffs tell me how else are people supposed to recover money that is lawfully owed to them? The courts have already made an order against somebody which has been ignored so what other option is there?
[quote][p][bold]HelmshoreMan2010[/bold] wrote: Just pay the bill you owe then nobody will come round! These people don't turn up out of the blue, they are there for a reason![/p][/quote]Totally agree. Don't buy things you can't afford and live within your means. Too many people want things and they want it right now and expect the credit card fairy to pay for it. These people who criticise bailiffs tell me how else are people supposed to recover money that is lawfully owed to them? The courts have already made an order against somebody which has been ignored so what other option is there? Steven Seagull
  • Score: 3

3:15pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Copperhead says...

Much stronger legislation is needed to curb the activities of these licensed thugs.
Only a matter of days after my wife and I moved into our current home, I returned from work one morning having forgotten something, only to find two of these disreputable scumbags just about to break down the front door.
They had all the neccessary paperwork allowing them to do this - except it all related to the PREVIOUS owner of the house, not to me or anyone else in our family.
So, if I hadn't forgotten an item I needed for work, our front door would have been smashed open, expensive items like the TV or similar taken away and the house then left open to anyone who cared to enter. Imagine the sheer panic that would have gripped my wife when she returned from work - she was always first home in the evening.
The law must be changed so that these thugs cannot forcibly enter any property but must only be allowed to enter when the person they are pursuing for non-payment is actually present.
And if this makes debt-recovery so much more difficult, then perhaps it will teach lenders to be more selective about to whom they give credit.
Much stronger legislation is needed to curb the activities of these licensed thugs. Only a matter of days after my wife and I moved into our current home, I returned from work one morning having forgotten something, only to find two of these disreputable scumbags just about to break down the front door. They had all the neccessary paperwork allowing them to do this - except it all related to the PREVIOUS owner of the house, not to me or anyone else in our family. So, if I hadn't forgotten an item I needed for work, our front door would have been smashed open, expensive items like the TV or similar taken away and the house then left open to anyone who cared to enter. Imagine the sheer panic that would have gripped my wife when she returned from work - she was always first home in the evening. The law must be changed so that these thugs cannot forcibly enter any property but must only be allowed to enter when the person they are pursuing for non-payment is actually present. And if this makes debt-recovery so much more difficult, then perhaps it will teach lenders to be more selective about to whom they give credit. Copperhead
  • Score: 1

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