Civilian Enforcement Privatisation

The government is threatening to privatise the jobs of 150 staff who carry out the enforcement of fines for criminal courts in England and Wales. At a time when average household debts are at a record high this will put more people’s safety and finances at risk.

The majority of financial penalties enforced by civilian enforcement officers relate to motoring issues, failure to obtain a television licence and other similar matters often involving defaulters who are among the most vulnerable people in society.

The enforcement staff are subject to the civil service code governing standards of behaviour, have the authority to search premises and place defaulters in custody, and can access sensitive data held on government systems, including the Police National Computer.

The code would not apply to staff employed by private companies motivated by profit. Government reforms have had little impact in protecting the public from overzealous and aggressive bailiffs, and this privatisation would put the public in further danger of being subjected to this behaviour. You can support our campaign to keep this vital and sensitive enforcement work in public hands, by emailing your MP today.

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