Waltham Forest Council among highest users of bailiffs (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Waltham Forest referred debt to bailiffs more than 30,000 times last year
Waltham Forest Council is one of the local authorities which used bailiffs the most last year, according to new figures.
Data released under the Freedom of Information Act shows the council referred debts to bailiffs 32,215 times, the 11th highest number in England and Wales.
The majority of referrals related to residential issues such as Council Tax, with only 1,261 relating to businesses.
There were also high levels relating to parking fines, which could affect people living outside the borough.
Charity Money Advice Trust found councils across England and Wales used bailiffs a total of 1.8million times in 2012.
The charity described the use of bailiffs as “excessive”.
Birmingham, the UK’s largest local authority, topped the list with 82,329 referrals.
The council has been approached for comment.
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