Bailiff regulation must now be introduced as a "matter of urgency", says Citizens Advice
Citizens Advice has responded to today’s findings from the Justice Committee’s inquiry into bailiffs and the enforcement of debt.
Partnering with 10 other advice organisations as part of Taking Control on bailiff reform, the charity is calling for the Ministry of Justice to introduce independent bailiff regulation to enforce adequate standards in the bailiff industry.
Gillian Guy, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, said:
“It’s excellent to see MPs from across all parties call for a regulator to crack down on the bailiff industry. They’ve also rightly called for a complaints process to be established so problems are dealt with independently of the bailiff industry and outside the court system.
“Bailiffs regularly break the rules, as our evidence has proved. In the past year we’ve seen a 16% increase in bailiff-related issues. All eyes will now be on the Ministry of Justice, which must introduce these reforms as a matter of urgency.”
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