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More working households targeted by bailiffs

According to a survey into debt collection carried out by Citizens Advice:

  • Council tax, unpaid parking fines, loans and credit cards were named as the main debts by callers.
  • There was a north/south divide in the number of cases recorded. The North East of England account for a sixth of all bailiff cases handled by the Citizens Advice Bureau
  • More than half of the people pursued by a bailiff in the East Midlands were in a family.
  • Only one in 100 problems dealt with by CABs in the South West were bailiff related.

Number of working families chased by bailiffs rises

Bailiffs are chasing more working families than before, say Citizens Advice Credit: PA

Debt collectors are knocking on the doors of more working households than before, a leading charity has claimed.

Requests for help dealing with bailiffs chasing payments from working parents now make up a fifth of inquires about debt collectors put to the Citizens Advice charity.

They dealt with 60,000 "bailiff problems" between April 2012 and March this year.

Out of these requests, half were parents were with dependent children.

On Sunday it was revealed that the value of UK workers' wages has suffered one of the sharpest falls in the European Union, when adjusted for inflation.