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Sheffield families urged to seek help over bailiff costs

Coun Ben Curran, Sheffield Council cabinet member for finance

Coun Ben Curran, Sheffield Council cabinet member for finance

Residents struggling to pay council bills are urged to get in touch with the authority – as the costs bailiffs can charge rise.

New legislation means bailiffs nationwide can now charge more when collecting council debts, starting at a fee of £75 and rising to £420.

People owing more than £1,500 can be charged even more under the new fees introduced on April 1.

The council says debtors should contact them for advice and to discuss other repayment options.

Coun Ben Curran, cabinet member for finance, said: “These increased costs imposed by Government will be a further burden on Sheffielders who are struggling to make ends meet.

“I would urge anyone struggling to pay their bills to contact us before it gets to this stage as there are ways we can help people to repay their debt.”

Clare Lodder, from Sheffield Citizens’ Advice, also said: “We are very concerned that these additional costs will increase the debts of people already in difficulty.

“As always, it is so important that people struggling to meet essential bills seek advice at the earliest opportunity.”

n Call the council on 0114 273 6633.

 

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