UK debt charity, Step Change, has called on the next Government to commit to measures that will help people and businesses deal with debt. The measures proposed by Step Change include assigning an independent regulator for bailiffs and enforcement agents and creating legally binding practice standards for debt collection and enforcement.
Head of Policy, Research and Public Affairs at Step Change, Peter Tutton, said:
“It would be a tragedy for people in problem debt if the positive work in progress … got lost somewhere between this government and the next. So, we urge in the strongest possible terms that all the work in progress is carried over by the next government.”
The Scottish leg of the charity, Step Change Scotland, have created a complimentary manifesto which focuses specifically on Scottish issues. Debt collection and enforcement in Scotland are subject to different regulations and procedures and, as a result, require different solutions to England and Wales.
In the manifesto, Step Change Scotland addresses how the next Government could “reduce the harm problem debt is causing now and boost households’ financial resilience”. While the measures focus on helping the estimated 700,000 Scots having problems with debt and financial wellbeing, they are also likely to have an impact on debt collection process and enforcement [/LINK].
The Scotland briefing proposes the following measures:
These measures may have an impact on how businesses carry out debt recovery but may overall have a positive effect. The focus on greater financial resilience should mean that debt repayment is more manageable and may reduce the number of debts businesses are forced to write off because the debtor cannot pay.
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