Bob Neill: 'Stronger' regulation of bailiffs needed

Bob Neill

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Justice select committee chair Bob Neill has called for "stronger" regulation of the debt enforcement sector.

The Conservative MP said he wanted to see an independent regulator, independent complaints body and body cameras introduced, to crack down on bailiffs who break rules - and even the law - to collect debts.

"There must be an independent regulator. At the moment there is not," Mr Neill told talkRADIO's Mike Graham.

"These sort of checks on the quality of the people who get certificated by the courts as bailiffs are pretty perfunctory."

The new measures would ensure people who are in debt are treated fairly.

"We have got to remember that very often the sort of people that get into these sorts of debts have got a multitude of problems in their lives," Mr Neill added.

"They have got their life into a mess of one kind or another, they're behind on their council tax, on their rent or whatever it is. They're probably behind on other types of debt as well."

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