Household Debt

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th February 2018.

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Photo of Nicky Morgan Nicky Morgan Chair, Treasury Committee 12:00 am, 27th February 2018

As part of the Treasury Committee’s inquiry into household finances, we are looking at the problems facing financially vulnerable households. Last week, my Committee colleague, John Mann, and I visited the citizens advice bureau in Nottingham. Caseworkers there told us about the problems caused by banks and companies, but said that the harshest creditor of all is the Government. There is little forbearance for late council tax or welfare overpayments, and bailiffs are often the first port of call, rather than a last resort. Is the Minister concerned by this heavy-handedness? Does he agree that central and local government should lead by example in their treatment of the most financially vulnerable?