There isn’t any shame in
debt, with high levels of unemployment across the UK, bills rising and cuts to welfare, it’s no surprise more and more people are finding it harder to balance their finances. All too often local authorities are resorting to using bailiffs as residents fall in to debt, Unite Community activists don’t think that is acceptable.
Unite Community is campaigning against the cruel use of bailiffs, as you can see from the Money Advice Trust the use of bailiffs has risen enormously and also varies wildly from Local Authority to Local Authority.
Unite is encouraging members of the public and local authorities to look into and campaign to reduce the use of bailiffs. Bailiffs are deployed to remove belongings from people’s homes or to remove people from their home. Unite believes there are better ways to deal by using a protocol that was negotiated between local authorities and the Citizens Advice Bureaux that help people in debt rather than punishing people in debt by using bailiffs.
If we work together, in our communities we can do something about it. There’s a network of thousands of activists across the country ready to welcome you and support you to get involved.
Unite Community encourages campaigners to come together to fight debt, urges councils to not automatically turn to bailiffs and to seek advice if you’re affected by debt.
Liane Groves, national coordinator for Unite Community has written an article highlighting why we are campaigning against bailiffs. Liane encourages campaigners to come together to fight debt, urges councils to not automatically turn to bailiffs and to seek advice if you’re affected by debt. You can read Liane’s article in full here.
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