Bailiffs to be legally required to wear body cams - Debt Advice Foundation

Bailiffs to be legally required to wear body cams

Deputy Prime Minister, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Dominic Raab has announced bailiffs will have to wear body cameras in future in an effort to curb aggressive tactics from private enforcement agents.

Although the majority of enforcement agents act in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations, there are often reports of bailiff activity falling below these standards. It is hoped that the new measures will help protect vulnerable people and support complaint investigations against these agents.

The government’s response follows a call for evidence which found concerns over inappropriate behaviour from some enforcement agents, a lack of effectiveness in complaint processes and a need for an independent oversight body.

Dominic Raab said “We’re determined to protect vulnerable households which includes ensuring they’re not harassed by rogue bailiffs. While the majority of bailiffs acting above board, body-worn cameras will make sure those who abuse their powers can be help to account.”

David Rodger, CEO of Debt Advice Foundation said “As a debt charity, we often hear reports of bailiffs intimidating, threatening and giving false information when it comes to their powers of enforcement. We’re hopeful that the new requirements will have a big impact on raising standards in the sector.”

The new measures will come into force when parliamentary time allows following a short consultation on the use of body cameras.

A review of the fees bailiffs can recover is also to be launched.

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