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COUNCILS LEFT VULNERABLE BY UNREGULATED BAILIFFS

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Magistrates in southern England who used the services of a privatised company of bailiffs that collapsed, taking mo...
Magistrates in southern England who used the services of a privatised company of bailiffs that collapsed, taking more than £250,000 in fines it had collected, said they had no idea where the money had gone, it was said on BBC Radio Four Today.

When poll tax came in, there had been a huge increase in the number of bailiffs and no effective mechanism to deal with complaints.

The only body that tries to help is the Certified Bailiffs Association. Vice president Michael Sullivan said there was a enfold increase in the number of bailiffs at the time of the poll tax.

Bailiffs aren't required to have qualifications, training or control. The lack of regulation and national standards leaves individual debtors, courts and local councils vulnerable.

Two years ago the Lord Chancellor's department said the situation was ripe for change, but his department told Today he wished to avoid change for change's sake. The subject is to be discussed on the File on Four programme today.
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