Debt Collection

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 25th June 2019.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of regulations on the conduct of bailiffs in protecting children and families from the harm of aggressive debt collection practices.

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Ministry of Justice is currently reviewing the implementation of reforms, contained in the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 and introduced in 2014, which govern how enforcement agents (formerly known as bailiffs) operate. The overarching aim of the reforms was to provide more protection to people against aggressive enforcement action, whilst still ensuring that debts can be collected effectively.

We have held a Call for Evidence to inform our review, which closed in February 2019. We are considering the responses received and plan to respond in the summer.

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