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19282806289_8cf38b7133_b.jpg?profile=RESIZE_710xCouncils are asked to consider vulnerable people as referrals increase in half of all English and Welsh local authorities

The use of bailiffs to collect council tax is continuing to increase in about half of all local authority areas in England and Wales, despite calls by anti-poverty charities for their use to be curtailed.

There were more than 1.4m referrals to bailiffs for the collection of council tax last year, according to figures gathered by the Money Advice Trust charity (MAT), which has been pressing councils to adopt protocols aimed at protecting vulnerable people.

Across the board, the use of bailiffs to collect debts owed to local authorities in England and Wales has risen by 7% in two years, driven by a surge in the use of bailiffs to collect parking debts.

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The Guardian

 

 

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