James Brokenshire has welcomed news that the law will be changed to give vulnerable people stronger protection from aggressive bailiffs. Under new legislation to clean up the industry safeguards will prevent bailiffs from using force against people who owe money and they will also no longer have free reign to fix their own fees, as new set costs are brought in.
Until now there has been insufficient legal protection against aggressive bailiffs. These new laws, and a mandatory training and certification scheme which they must pass before going into business, will change that. Businesses will still be able to collect debts fairly, but bailiffs who do not follow the rules will be barred from the industry.
Commenting, James said:
“At the moment there is very little to stop unscrupulous bailiffs from abusing their position and making life a misery for vulnerable people here in Bexley. It is terribly stressful to find yourself in debt and the last thing people in that situation need is harassment from debt collectors.
“We need a system which allows the majority of responsible bailiffs to get on with doing their jobs fairly, but which stops abuse and gives real protection. That is exactly what these changes will create.”