Its a great start to stop using bailiffs. Better still if councils stop taxing working aged benefits shredded by the Tories and threatening residents with prison who cannot pay because they have NO income for weeks or months due to sanction, Zero hours and Universal Credit.
Haringey ouncil gives the mobile numbers of late and non-payers to the bailiffs who then send unlimited texts to late and non payers not knowing if they are vulnerable.
The following letter was published by The Guardian after the budget.
The UK is heading for a depth of poverty and debt-related ill health not seen for a century.
The claimants of universal credit (UC) will not be falling over backwards with gratitude to the chancellor for his reduction from six weeks to five of the time they have to wait for their first payment. Some of them will have recently been without income during a three-month benefit sanction under the old jobseeker’s allowance. Rent and council tax arrears will have piled up to be paid off over further punishing months with the cost of living rising. After the first payment of UC it can leave them without income for a further month at a time due to a zero-hours contract; that creates further debt problems. Low income and debt impact on mental and physical health; no income and debt is so much worse. The UK is heading for a depth of poverty and debt-related ill health not seen for a century.
Rev Paul Nicolson
Taxpayers Against Poverty
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from the Reverend Paul Nicolson