A new version of the Debt and Mental Health Evidence Form (DMHEF) has launched following a review conducted by the Department of Health and Social Care, along with the British Medical Association, Money and Mental Health Policy Institute, Money Advice Trust, UK Finance, the Credit Services Association and other key stakeholders. Findings from the review…

Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS) reforms have been approved by Scottish Parliament. The amendment regulations will come into force on 4th November 2019. The regulations were developed following considerable work and engagement with stakeholders with the aim of increasing the accessibility, flexibility and sustainability of Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS) payment programmes. These Regulations amend the Debt…

An investigation by the real estate adviser Altus Group has revealed that, during the last financial year (2018/19), over 78,000 non-domestic properties from shops to restaurants to pubs to factories were referred to Bailiffs to levy ‘distress’ and to seize their goods having fallen into arrears with business rates. Bailiffs are instructed by Councils, once…

In a major reform to civil enforcement, the Civil Enforcement Association (CIVEA) has announced the launch of a new an independently-monitored code of practice that sets a new standard for bailiffs. All members of the Civil Enforcement Association (CIVEA), representing over 90 percent of firms employing enforcement agents (bailiffs), have signed up to the code,…

The use of bailiffs to collect debts owed to local authorities in England and Wales has risen by 7 percent in two years, driven by a surge in the use of bailiffs to collect parking debts, according to new research by the Money Advice Trust, the charity that runs National Debtline and Business Debtline. More…

Sovereign Capital Partners, the private equity Buy & Build specialist, has announced that portfolio company Bristow & Sutor, the nationwide judicial services and debt recovery group, has acquired debt collection agency (DCA) Credit Style. Bristow & Sutor was acquired by Sovereign in a management buy-out of the business in June 2017. Established in 1977 and…

Wilkin Chapman Solicitors has completed the take-over of Silke and Co., a Doncaster-based business solutions company. In acquiring Silke & Co., Wilkin Chapman solicitors will be expanding its work in the area of recoveries – a team headed up by Partner Chris Grocock. The new Doncaster branch will be known as Wilkin Chapman Business Solutions…

Ofgem has confirmed that Solarplicity Supply, an energy supplier with around 7,500 domestic customers and less than 500 business customers, has ceased to trade. Under Ofgem’s safety net, the energy supply of Solarplicity’s customers will continue and prepayment meters can be topped up as normal. The outstanding credit balances of domestic customers will be protected.…

New figures released by UK Finance has shown that whilst the numbers of homeowners in arrears have remained at a historic low there has been an increase of 15% (1,270) in the number of repossessions in the second quarter (Q2) of 2019. UK Finance said repossessions were still well below levels experienced between 2009 and…

Mortgage repossession claims from Lenders have risen 39 per cent from Q2 2018 to Q2 2019, according to new data collected by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) surging to its highest rate since 2014. The increase represents the fourth consecutive month in which mortgage possession claims rose, reaching 6,179 in Q2. The research also shows…