How to tell the Government about your bailiff experiences directly

Picture this. You’re struggling with debt and are doing your best to make payments and tighten your belt.

That can be stressful enough when you’re trying to make ends meet, especially when it comes to times like Christmas, as we’re in now. Then, all of a sudden, there’s a knock on your door; it’s an aggressive bailiff demanding money and issuing threats.

There can be little worse and, frankly, it shouldn’t be happening to anybody at all. There are a lot of bailiffs out there who are decent people, just doing their job and working on cases that actually deserve their attention.

For too long, though, there have been rogue bailiffs out there who appear determined to bend and even break the rules, making disproportionate demands and, in some cases, seriously vexing and
affecting the mental health of the people they approach.

There have been numerous highlights and reports from local and national Citizens Advice charities over the course of 2018 alone. One of the key things to understand if you’re in this position is that you have rights.

Bailiffs have to follow a strict set of rules and laws if they have been dispatched to follow up on a person or business’s arrears, and the more you know of the law the better.
It’s fair to assume though that rogue bailiffs who go on the attack more often than not will assume you don’t know those rights and will look to strong-arm people with any chance they get.
Campaigners have been doing all they can over the years to make sure these situations no longer occur, and there may be light at the end of the tunnel for their cause.
At the end of November 2018, the Ministry of Justice announced that it was doing much more to protect families and vulnerable people from the bad practices displayed by bailiffs who utilise
aggressive tactics.

The Government has launched a Call for Evidence, and is seeking views on what more they can do to ensure bailiff compliance, how vulnerable members of society can be better recognised by bailiffs, the wider complaints process and the possibility of launching an independent regulator.

The consultation process closes at 11:59pm on 17 February 2019, and if you’d like to offer your opinions to the Government on how you were treated in the past, how you’re currently being
treated and how it could be changed, simply follow this link.

Are you in debt and being harassed by bailiffs? Know your rights and get started on the path to being debt-free by contacting the Get Bailiff Advice team today.

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