Can you help us with our call for fundamental bailiff reform?
Reforms to bailiff law in 2014 in England and Wales, known as Taking Control of Goods regulations, have had only limited success. People contacting debt advice charities continue to report widespread problems with the behaviour of bailiffs and bailiff firms.
Our ten organisations – AdviceUK, Christians Against Poverty, Citizens Advice, Community Money Advice, the Institute of Money Advisers, Money Advice Trust, the Money & Mental Health Policy Institute, StepChange Debt Charity, The Children’s Society and Z2K – have all seen the impact of continued problems in the bailiff industry on the people we support.
The Ministry of Justice had committed to a three-year review of the reforms in April 2014 but, so far, nothing has been published. Our Taking Control campaign aims to highlight our clients’ experiences of bailiff action, to support further reform that ensures all bailiffs and bailiff firms follow the best practices. Our recommendations include:
- Independent regulation of the bailiff industry
- A free, clear and simple way to make a complaint about a bailiff or bailiff firm and
- A review of the bailiff fee structure and
As part of the campaign, we need the help of local advisers who regularly see the impacts of bailiff action on the people they advise.
We would like you to:
- Share any experiences of bailiffs that you hear about on the Taking Control website, by filling in our simple “Share your Story” form (all data is stored by constituency only, so is totally anonymised).
- Publicise the campaign on social media using the hashtag #bailiffreform
- Sign up for campaign updates on the website