Use of Bailiffs to Collect Council Tax Debts

Posted on by Matthew

The use of bailiffs by councils has grown by 14% in 2 years. This is according to new research by the Money Advice Trust.

The report finds that £2.3m of debts was passed to bailiffs by councils in 2016/17, however there was a mixed picture, with 4 in 10 councils using bailiffs less.

This increase in the use of bailiffs is despite government guidance which says bailiff action should only be used as a last resort. The Money Advice Trust does, however, state that “an increasing number of councils are working hard to improve their debt collection practices – and that four in 10 (38 percent) actually reduced their reliance on bailiffs in that time”.

The Money Advice Trust is the charity which runs National Debtline. MAT have release the research on a new online map –– as well as six steps local authorities should take to improve their practices.

There is information on how to deal with bailiffs on the National Debtline website –


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