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Independent Bailiff Regulator

EDM number 1632 in 2017-19, proposed by Sandy Martin on 13/09/2018.
Categorised under the topic of Civil law.

That this House is shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Jerome Rogers, a young bicycle courier who, after being aggressively pursued by bailiffs, felt driven to take his own life; notes the evidence from Citizens Advice of poor treatment at the hands of bailiffs across the UK; considers that the 24 per cent increase in the number of bailiff issues since reforms to the bailiff industry introduced in 2014 demonstrates that these reforms have not worked; further notes reports of enforcement agents acting inappropriately towards Citizens Advice clients, refusing offers of payments, entering homes when they ought not to and charging disproportionate or inappropriate fees; recognises that people who are visited by bailiffs are disproportionately likely to be vulnerable, with half living in social housing, one in three having a long term health condition or disability and more than a quarter being single parents with dependent children; and calls on the Government to institute fundamental reform of the sector through the introduction of an independent bailiff regulator and an independent complaints process.

This motion has been signed by a total of 15 MPs.

Sandy Martin13/09/2018IpswichLabourProposed
David Linden13/09/2018Glasgow EastScottish National PartySeconded
Roger Godsiff13/09/2018Birmingham, Hall GreenLabourSeconded
Thelma Walker09/10/2018Colne ValleyLabourSeconded
Jim Shannon09/10/2018StrangfordDUPSeconded
Jim Cunningham10/10/2018Coventry SouthLabourSeconded
Lloyd Russell-Moyle10/10/2018Brighton, KemptownLabour/Co-operativeSigned
Kelvin Hopkins10/10/2018Luton NorthLabourSigned
Martyn Day10/10/2018Linlithgow and East FalkirkScottish National PartySigned
Liz Saville Roberts10/10/2018Dwyfor MeirionnyddPlaid CymruSigned
Ruth George11/10/2018High PeakLabourSigned
Mary Glindon11/10/2018North TynesideLabourSigned
Michael Penning15/10/2018Hemel HempsteadConservativeSigned
Caroline Lucas22/10/2018Brighton, PavilionGreenSigned
David Crausby01/11/2018Bolton North EastLabourSigned

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