Bailiff Reform

Many local authorities instruct bailiffs against a vast number of vulnerable individuals and families, causing unnecessary distress and spiralling charges for people in need.

As part of a coalition of charities and advice services, we are campaigning for greater regulation of, and more ethical practice in, the bailiff industry.

If you or someone you know has been affected by bailiffs, you can share your story here: https://www.bailiffreform.org/

For more information on how different Councils compare on bailiff policy, see our Stop the Knock website here: https://www.stoptheknock.org/

If you'd like to get involved in this campaign, please email Jen at [email protected].

Decriminalising rough sleeping

Rough sleepers are some of the most vulnerable people in our society, often with complex needs and no stable base to support them. Yet instead of helping people, the current system criminalises them.

We are supporting a campaign to repeal the 1824 Vagrancy Act. Currently, this Act is being used to displace homeless people to locations where they are less visible, and leaves them in fear of seeking assistance from law enforcement.

In 2014, three men were arrested and charged under Section 4 of the Vagrancy Act 1824 for taking food from bins outside an Iceland supermarket in Kentish Town, North London.

Please take 30 seconds to sign this petition and ask the government to repeal this unfair and unhelpful Act: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/205388

Rent-to-own and affordable credit

Families living in poverty often cannot access affordable credit, and cannot afford basic household goods such as a fridge or washing machine. As a result, they are forced to turn to rent-to-own companies - those which charge excessively high interest rates that force many families into a spiral of problem debt.

As part of the End Child Poverty Coalition, we are asking MPs to push this important issue onto the government's agenda.

Please take a minute to send this email to your MP and help those families struggling in poverty: https://cpag.e-activist.com/page/16142/action/1?ea.tracking.id=mczrl6ed

 

For more information on our current and past campaigns work, see our policy pages.