A charity has called for tougher regulation of the officers of the court, since it is estimated that the households that have fallen behind on essential bills by £18.9 million euros.
The arrears on these bills, such as council tax, have increased by 40% from € 13.5 million due in 2011-12, of Citizens Advice, said.
During the same period, the proportion of calls to the help regarding the bailiffs had increased considerably, he said.
But the advice said that I had the duty of raising taxes to protect services, and the bailiffs said they rarely used.Regular calls
Bailiffs are normally used by creditors, on the authority of the courts to seize the property if the people with debts not pay what’s due.
Citizens advice said that I was getting a call from someone who needs help due to the officers of the court every three minutes. It is a call for a regulator for bailiffs in England and Wales.
Pointing to a case of an elderly couple who owed £ 700 in council tax that they are now afraid to open the door of his home after bailiffs using aggressive tactics and threatened to call the police.
He also highlighted the case of a man who is receiving treatment for the cancer that it missed a £ 30 parking fine, then he found the bailiffs had entered his house and were removing the possessions.
The new laws were introduced in England and Wales in the year 2014 aimed to protect people with debts of unfair tactics.
But a review by the Ministry of Justice (ministry of justice) earlier this year revealed that “lingering concerns” about the behaviour of a minority of officers of the court.
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Citizens advice, said that he feared aggressive tactics were leading to greater debt and mental health problems.
He said falling behind with the bills of the house could have particularly serious consequences, such as having essential services cut off or lose the house.
“Small lost bills can skyrocket, because of the excess costs of execution,” said Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice.
HM Revenue and customs (HMRC) said that they did not use bailiffs to collect tax credit overpayments – which accounted for £7.5 million to £18.9 million of arrears calculated by Citizens Advice.
Russell Hamblin-Boone, chief executive of the Civil Enforcement Association, which represents officers of the court, said that only 18% of the debt identified by the Citizens Advice actually qualified for the performance of the certificates of the officers of the court, and only a small number would end up with the application.
“A visit from an enforcement agent is always the last resort. The agents are highly trained and must follow a process established in the detailed regulations to make sure you get the non-payment of taxes and municipal court fines fairly,” he said.
“The fees that are added to the outstanding debt are set by the government and any person owing money to the council to receive calls, letters, emails, and texts, and an opportunity to set up a payment plan.
“We work in close collaboration with the voluntary sector and under the rules of the people are signposted to the debt advice, which represents the increase in the numbers. But if someone has strong evidence of bad practice, we’re going to investigate.”
Meanwhile, the councils said they were facing pressures on their own funds and were forced to raise taxes.
Richard Watts, of the Local government Association, said: “No council wants to have to collect the debt of its inhabitants, in particular of low-income people, but the local authorities have a duty to their residents to collect the taxes, which fund essential services, such as the protection of vulnerable children, the care of the elderly, the collection of containers, and maintenance of roads maintained.
“It is essential that vital services are protected and that these funds are collected.”