Kirklees Council wrote off almost £6 million of bad debt during the financial year 2018-19 according to new figures released by the council. Whilst the figure appears high finance chiefs at the council have advised it reflects only a tiny percentage of the authority’s revenue. The largest write-offs from April 2018 to March 2019 were…

The Government has announced a new breathing Space scheme which will protect Individuals and families struggling with problem debt. Under the new scheme, consumers will be given extra help and time to get their finances under control, City minister John Glen has revealed. The new plans will see the introduction of a 60-day Breathing Space…

It has been announced that from 1st June, the process for complaining about enforcement agents (bailiffs) will be streamlined.  The Civil Enforcement Association (CIVEA) will no longer review complaints on behalf of its members. With CIVEA no longer involved, all complaints about enforcement agents acting on behalf of local authorities will go straight to the…

People are at risk from fraudsters masquerading as enforcement agents (bailiffs) and small businesses are a popular target, according to the civil enforcement industry’s trade body Civil Enforcement Association (CIVEA). The warning comes after CIVEA identified cases of fraudsters using the government’s public register of enforcement agents to demand payments for bogus government debts. The…

The number and total value of small claims judgments in Northern Ireland dropped to record lows in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period the previous year, according to figures released by Registry Trust. There were 1,750 small claims judgments in the first three months of 2019, 22 percent fewer than in…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that the number of second charge mortgage repossessions in Q1 2019 was 24, 47.8% lower than in the first quarter of 2018. The rate of second charge mortgage repossessions (as a percentage of outstanding agreements) was 0.08% in the twelve months to March 2019.…

Three in ten (28%) consumers ran a ‘deficit budget’ in the past month, spending more during the month than they received in income, according to new research from R3, the insolvency trade body, and ComRes. One in six consumers (17%) spent up to £100 more than they received in income over the past month; 7%…

The number and total value of debt judgments in Jersey fell in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period 2018, according to figures released tby Registry Trust. There were 448 judgments registered in Jersey during Q1 2019, 17 percent fewer than in the first three months of 2018. The average value of…

In the first quarter of 2019, 321,044 County Court judgments (CCJs) were registered against consumers in England and Wales, a rise of five percent on the same quarter of 2018, according to figures by Registry Trust. The total number of adverse CCJs have risen year-on-year for the past six years. At the same time the…

New research analysis by The Registry Trust has found that lenders accounted for 37 percent of judgments, ahead of the government sector on 27 percent and housing bodies on six percent of debt judgment information in Northern Ireland during 2018. Uncategorised claimants (which include insurance brokers, debt collectors and personal claimants) made up a further…