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

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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.

 

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