Bailiffs may have a legitimate role to play in collecting debt, but some of the aggressive tactics used are unecessary. This issue was brought to my attention by my constituent Mr Benvenuti's case, which I raised today in Parliament:
Charlie: What steps [is the Government] taking against aggressive bailiffs engaged by local authorities.
Brandon Lewis: On 14 June the Government fulfilled a coalition pledge to provide more protection for the public against aggressive bailiffs and unreasonable charges by publishing guidance to local councils on good practice in the collection of council tax arrears.
Charlie: Is not the need for this underlined by the experience of my constituent Mr Benvenuti of Deal who had a £65 parking ticket, which he appealed against but heard nothing about, turn into a £524 demand from a bailiff following a phantom visit? Is it not right that the Government are taking action on this matter?
Brandon Lewis: My hon. Friend makes a very good point. I am sure the residents of Lewisham will have been listening carefully to how Lewisham has been spending their money. That is why it is important that councils look carefully at what they spend and how they spend it, and that it is appropriate to the issue they are dealing with a particular point.
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