Thousands of Burnley families faced bailiffs last year

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: More families are facing council tax issues More families are facing council tax issues

MORE than 2,500 struggling Burnley families faced bailiffs on their doorstep last year – up 40 per cent from the year before.

Debt collectors chased 2,529 residents and families after they struggled to pay their council tax in the town between December 2012 and November last year.

The figures were revealed as the authority announced a council tax hike of 1.99 per cent – on top of a county council increase of the same amount – which has been branded as outrageous by Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle.

Major welfare reform, including the bedroom tax and the introduction of council tax support, is thought to be behind much of the rise.

The Citizens’ Advice Bureau said it had noticed an increase in the number of people asking for help after struggling to cope with the rising cost of living, and said bailiffs were threatening to force their way into people’s homes in three out of five cases.

Although Conservatives in Burnley made a late bid to freeze council tax in the town, Labour and the vast majority of Liberal Democrat councillors approved the rise.

Liberal Democrat Mr Birtwistle said: “The council has millions in reserve they said they are keeping for a rainy day – but it’s raining now. They have £5m in Burnley and I can’t understand why they have increased the council tax.

“Obviously there is a reason why people are not paying. The town is recovering but it needs help.”

And a spokesman for Burnley Council said: “The introduction of council tax support meant a lot of people faced paying a contribution towards their council tax they didn’t pay before.

“We also introduced changes to the council tax discounts on empty properties which meant that people faced paying more.

“If the council is collecting more council tax, it inevitably means more people will default.”

Debt collectors in Blackburn with Darwen were tasked with recovering more than £2.64m of unpaid council tax in 2012/13, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show. In total, bailiffs dealt with 4,812 individual cases in the towns, up from 3,077 in 2010/11.

The council was unable to say how much money it recovered, but said the surge in non-payers was caused by government cuts targeting ‘the lowest income families’.

Labour MP for Blackburn Jack Straw said he would raise the issue with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith.

Chief executive of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Gillian Guy, said: “Some bailiffs are utterly relentless and use aggressive and threatening behaviour to intimidate people in debt.

“Despite people barely having a penny, bailiffs keep on hounding them.”

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3:03pm Mon 3 Mar 14

andy1 says...

Chief executive of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Gillian Guy, said: “Some bailiffs are utterly relentless and use aggressive and threatening behavior to intimidate people in debt.

“Despite people barely having a penny, bailiffs keep on hounding them.”

With words from a person like this lady why are these scum still alive and kicking in 21st Century Britain. If theres any Bailiffs on here get a proper job you parasites.
Chief executive of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Gillian Guy, said: “Some bailiffs are utterly relentless and use aggressive and threatening behavior to intimidate people in debt. “Despite people barely having a penny, bailiffs keep on hounding them.” With words from a person like this lady why are these scum still alive and kicking in 21st Century Britain. If theres any Bailiffs on here get a proper job you parasites. andy1
  • Score: 7

4:05pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Jeff-Fetarsy says...

"The Citizens’ Advice Bureau said it had noticed an increase in the number of people asking for help after struggling to cope with the rising cost of living, and said bailiffs were threatening to force their way into people’s homes in three out of five cases. "

Bailiffs cant force their way in, bad advice from the CAB.
"The Citizens’ Advice Bureau said it had noticed an increase in the number of people asking for help after struggling to cope with the rising cost of living, and said bailiffs were threatening to force their way into people’s homes in three out of five cases. " Bailiffs cant force their way in, bad advice from the CAB. Jeff-Fetarsy
  • Score: 4

5:19pm Mon 3 Mar 14

andy1 says...

http://youtu.be/w0Oz
viTvid8
http://youtu.be/w0Oz viTvid8 andy1
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5:20pm Mon 3 Mar 14

andy1 says...

andy1 wrote:
http://youtu.be/w0Oz

viTvid8
How to get rid of Bailiffs, There are plenty of videos folks on you tube.
[quote][p][bold]andy1[/bold] wrote: http://youtu.be/w0Oz viTvid8[/p][/quote]How to get rid of Bailiffs, There are plenty of videos folks on you tube. andy1
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6:00pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Timefor says...

So now the council is increasing its use of legal powers and bailiffs. Wouldn't it be good to hear for once of the council, any council, standing up for people, refusing to implement the damaging cuts, stopping any sell offs, investing in environmental projects, campaigning for the introduction of a living wage and insisting on this for anyone they do business with, using their reserves and borrowing powers to avoid cuts, building affordable council houses, and generally becoming more entrepreneurial eg becoming lettings agents? Sounds like old-fashioned socialism to me!
So now the council is increasing its use of legal powers and bailiffs. Wouldn't it be good to hear for once of the council, any council, standing up for people, refusing to implement the damaging cuts, stopping any sell offs, investing in environmental projects, campaigning for the introduction of a living wage and insisting on this for anyone they do business with, using their reserves and borrowing powers to avoid cuts, building affordable council houses, and generally becoming more entrepreneurial eg becoming lettings agents? Sounds like old-fashioned socialism to me! Timefor
  • Score: 2

6:02pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Truth will out says...

I bet some of them can't hear the bailiffs knocking because the sound from the new Xbox on the new Plasma TV is simply too loud.
I bet some of them can't hear the bailiffs knocking because the sound from the new Xbox on the new Plasma TV is simply too loud. Truth will out
  • Score: 0

7:21pm Mon 3 Mar 14

the white witch says...

Looks like the council`s are actually turning into being thugs who hires hitmen to get what they want hereditary of how they get it or who they hurt getting it, hope they are ashamed of themselves.
Looks like the council`s are actually turning into being thugs who hires hitmen to get what they want hereditary of how they get it or who they hurt getting it, hope they are ashamed of themselves. the white witch
  • Score: -1

10:19pm Mon 3 Mar 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

andy1 wrote:
Chief executive of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Gillian Guy, said: “Some bailiffs are utterly relentless and use aggressive and threatening behavior to intimidate people in debt.

“Despite people barely having a penny, bailiffs keep on hounding them.”

With words from a person like this lady why are these scum still alive and kicking in 21st Century Britain. If theres any Bailiffs on here get a proper job you parasites.
At least we earn a honest living
[quote][p][bold]andy1[/bold] wrote: Chief executive of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Gillian Guy, said: “Some bailiffs are utterly relentless and use aggressive and threatening behavior to intimidate people in debt. “Despite people barely having a penny, bailiffs keep on hounding them.” With words from a person like this lady why are these scum still alive and kicking in 21st Century Britain. If theres any Bailiffs on here get a proper job you parasites.[/p][/quote]At least we earn a honest living 2 for 5p ridesagain
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11:02am Tue 4 Mar 14

useyourhead says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
andy1 wrote:
Chief executive of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Gillian Guy, said: “Some bailiffs are utterly relentless and use aggressive and threatening behavior to intimidate people in debt.

“Despite people barely having a penny, bailiffs keep on hounding them.”

With words from a person like this lady why are these scum still alive and kicking in 21st Century Britain. If theres any Bailiffs on here get a proper job you parasites.
At least we earn a honest living
a lot of your previous posts now make a lot of sense, you must be proud to be re enforcing folks stereotypes. While it may be a job that has to be done, you probably revel in it, which is terribly sad. ( I refer of course to all your previous comments about folk who need to use foodbanks etc.)
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andy1[/bold] wrote: Chief executive of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Gillian Guy, said: “Some bailiffs are utterly relentless and use aggressive and threatening behavior to intimidate people in debt. “Despite people barely having a penny, bailiffs keep on hounding them.” With words from a person like this lady why are these scum still alive and kicking in 21st Century Britain. If theres any Bailiffs on here get a proper job you parasites.[/p][/quote]At least we earn a honest living[/p][/quote]a lot of your previous posts now make a lot of sense, you must be proud to be re enforcing folks stereotypes. While it may be a job that has to be done, you probably revel in it, which is terribly sad. ( I refer of course to all your previous comments about folk who need to use foodbanks etc.) useyourhead
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11:54am Tue 4 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

andy1 wrote:
Chief executive of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Gillian Guy, said: “Some bailiffs are utterly relentless and use aggressive and threatening behavior to intimidate people in debt.

“Despite people barely having a penny, bailiffs keep on hounding them.”

With words from a person like this lady why are these scum still alive and kicking in 21st Century Britain. If theres any Bailiffs on here get a proper job you parasites.
How about paying your bills or at least offering to set up a payment agreement with your creditors then bailiffs won't need to come round will they?

There's too many financially incompetent morons in the world (by the sounds of it you included) who are happy to buy now and not pay later.
[quote][p][bold]andy1[/bold] wrote: Chief executive of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Gillian Guy, said: “Some bailiffs are utterly relentless and use aggressive and threatening behavior to intimidate people in debt. “Despite people barely having a penny, bailiffs keep on hounding them.” With words from a person like this lady why are these scum still alive and kicking in 21st Century Britain. If theres any Bailiffs on here get a proper job you parasites.[/p][/quote]How about paying your bills or at least offering to set up a payment agreement with your creditors then bailiffs won't need to come round will they? There's too many financially incompetent morons in the world (by the sounds of it you included) who are happy to buy now and not pay later. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 2

11:55am Tue 4 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

andy1 wrote:
andy1 wrote:
http://youtu.be/w0Oz


viTvid8
How to get rid of Bailiffs, There are plenty of videos folks on you tube.
How to get rid of bailiffs, PAY WHAT YOU OWE.
[quote][p][bold]andy1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andy1[/bold] wrote: http://youtu.be/w0Oz viTvid8[/p][/quote]How to get rid of Bailiffs, There are plenty of videos folks on you tube.[/p][/quote]How to get rid of bailiffs, PAY WHAT YOU OWE. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 0

5:28pm Tue 4 Mar 14

berny55 says...

good old working mans party / labour
good old working mans party / labour berny55
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