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Do councils make excessive use of bailiffs?

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Transmitted 9 September 2013. Posted 28 September 2013.

Local authorities make extensive use of bailiffs to collect council tax arrears, business rate arrears, and parking fines. The Money Advice Trust recently published a report that showed councils used bailiffs 1.8 million times in 12 months. Some of the councils that are highest users of bailiffs, such as Birmingham and Newham, are councils with very high numbers of Muslim residents.

On 9 September 2013 the Islam Channel's Politics & Media Programme had a 23 minute panel discussion with the title " Are Councils Too Squeezed To Be Fair?" The discussion was chaired by John Rees, and the panellists were:

You can watch it below:

 

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