We need your help to ask MPs to raise the issue of bailiffs and ask the Minister for Justice, Lucy Frazer MP, to hold bailiffs to account. It won’t take long to do, but could make a massive difference to people in debt, especially those worried about bailiffs knocking on their door.

Please:

  1. Find out who your MP is and click 'Send Message' - click here
  2. Copy and paste the text below - editing it as you wish
  3. Complete the red sections with your own details - as much or as little as you wish to provide
  4. Email it to your MP

Thank you.

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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.

I have just watched the BBC1 docudrama Killed by my Debt, which shows the tragic true story of how Jerome Rogers was driven to suicide by the skyrocketing fees and immense pressure put on him by the bailiff industry.

Sadly, Jerome is not the only person to have suffered unfairly at the hands of bailiffs. 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 – as highlighted by the tragic case of Jerome Rogers.

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.

Yours sincerely,

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