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'Bailiffs only used as last resort' says Haringey Borough Council
Haringey Borough Council said it only uses bailiffs as a last resort after figures revealed it has used them more than 9,000 times in the last year.
The Money Advice Trust, a financial advice charity, revealed the council has referred bailiffs to 9,048 residential properties in the borough - which contains a total of 105,075 houses.
A spokesman from the authority defended this figure and said residents are always given a chance to discuss their circumstances first.
She said: “We only ever use bailiffs as a last resort once all other options have been exhausted.
“Residents who are struggling to pay debts are given a number of opportunities to discuss their circumstances with the council so that we can explore what support may be given and whether alternative payment arrangement can be made.
“Where bailiffs come across a resident who is genuinely unable to pay, they will refer the case back to us so that we can make appropriate arrangements with the resident.”
Figures, which were obtained from a Freedom of Information request, were also published for the other 373 local authorities around the country.
In total 1.8 million referrals were made to bailiffs by councils across England and Wales in the past 12 months.
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