Debt Collection: Coronavirus

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 17th November 2020.

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Photo of Karl Turner Karl Turner Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance his Department has issued to enforcement agents on taking control of goods during the November 2020 covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

Photo of Karl Turner Karl Turner Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether any exemptions to the normal practice of enforcement action have been specified by his Department for the duration of the November 2020 covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

Photo of Alex Chalk Alex Chalk Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

On 6 November, the Lord Chancellor wrote to the enforcement agent trade associations asking their members not to enter homes to take control of goods during the period of time that the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No.4) Regulations 2020 (the health protection regulations) are in force.

On 16 November the Government laid the Public Health (Coronavirus) (Protection from Eviction and Taking Control of Goods) (England) Regulations 2020. From 17 November, the regulations prevent enforcement agents taking control of goods inside homes while the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No.4) Regulations 2020 are in force. They also prevent enforcement agents from enforcing evictions (other than in limited circumstances) until 11 January.

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