Email your MP to stop the harm that bailiffs cause
The threatening tactics and heavy fines that bailiffs use put people through unnecessary suffering and push them further into debt. We need your help to get MPs to ask the Minister for Justice, Lucy Frazer MP, to stop this so that everyone can safely repay their debts with dignity and respect.
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- Email it to your MP
Dear [first name and surname of your local MP],
I am writing to ask you to protect financially vulnerable people from unnecessary distress, damage and debt by introducing effective regulation of the bailiff industry.
Every year hundreds of thousands of people contact advice charities because of problems with bailiffs. More and more people are currently falling into arrears and struggling to pay essential bills. When they fall behind on council tax payments or small traffic fines, such as was the case with Jerome Rogers, their debts are very quickly passed onto bailiffs – whose high fees and threatening actions make it even harder for people to repay. Crucially, many of these problems have only got worse since the 2014 regulations.
The issue of bailiffs affects millions of people struggling just to keep their heads above water in difficult economic times. It has been raised by the Taking Control campaign, in which eleven organisations that support people in financial difficulty explain the need for fundamental bailiff reform.
In my own experience, [If you’ve been affected by bailiffs, add your own story here. Otherwise, delete this line.]
I am therefore asking you to raise the issue of the promised three year review of the effectiveness of the 2014 bailiff regulations with the Minister for Justice, Lucy Frazer MP. I would like you to ask that the recently announced Call for Evidence looks at whether the regulations have been effective at protecting people in debt from poor bailiff conduct I would also like you to ask the Minister to commit to act on any negative impacts identified by the review by considering the seven recommendations identified in the Taking Control campaign report, including the need for independent regulation of bailiff and bailiff firms.
Your support in raising this issue with the Minister for Justice on my behalf is crucial if we are to address current problems with bailiffs. It will help to ensure the Government fulfils its commitment to conduct a three year review of the impacts of the 2014 bailiff regulations and acts on the results to provide the appropriate levels of protection to people who often don’t have sufficient income to pay even their essential bills, such as heating and housing costs. It will also ensure people are better supported to reduce the negative impacts of stress and anxiety on their mental health and lower the risk that small debts escalate to the point that they spiral out of control.
Thank you for taking the time to read this email. I very much look forward to seeing progress on the important issue of bailiff reform.
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