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26 March, 2020 Open access

Debt charities call for bailiff action to be suspended during coronavirus outbreak

While some councils are taking action locally, clear instruction is needed from government to ensure all local authorities comply

The UK’s three largest debt charities have called for bailiff action to be suspended during the coronavirus outbreak.

In a joint letter to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick, the chief executives of Citizens Advice, Money Advice Trust and StepChange call on the government to - 

While acknowledging that some local authorities have taken action locally to suspend bailiff action, Chief Executive of the Money Advice Trust Joanna Elson said - 

'All local authorities should be suspending bailiff action during this crisis – and the most guaranteed way of ensuring this is for the government to include this measure as part of its COVID-19 response.  With 2.6 million debts being passed to bailiffs by local authorities every year, this issue is pressing and urgent – on the grounds of both public health and supporting the growing number of households whose finances have been impacted by Covid-19.'

For more information, see Bailiff action ‘must be suspended’ during COVID-19 outbreak from moneyadvicetrust.org