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I have just been reading this and while we all know of what is to come in 2014 I am a little perplexed by the last part( highlighted). This is mainly due to my having vague recollection BEAC was a long time ago discussed then subsequently scrapped....does anyone know if it has been resurrected??

 

"further regulations expected to be announced by the Ministry of Justice very soon, which includes a new complaints procedure, a uniform fee structure and
possibly details of an industry regulator for civil enforcement, widely predicted to called BEAC or the Bailiffs and Enforcement Agents Council.
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Wonkeydonkey,

 

In the past few days I feel like a school teacher who is having to correct essays !!!

 

BEAC ( Bailiffs & Enforcement Agents Council) introduced their proposal as licensing and complaints body for the bailiff industry way back in 2007. The proposal at that time was not a good one and it was revised in 2008. Around that time I recollect endorsing BEAC as the "preferred" complaints body.

 

Over time however, it was clear that their proposal was not workable.

 

BEAC was put together by the British Parking Association and as things stand today, they have a big enough mess on their hands with trying to "rein in" private parking operators ( who are currently "running rings" around DVLA and the DfT. The BPA have quickly realised that "rouge clampers" have now turned into "rouge ticketers".

 

BEAC could not be seen as "independent" and were doomed to fail as the complaints and licensing body for the bailiff industry.

 

The correct position is that the government will not be announcing a "complaints body.

 

There are a few very serious issues that need to be resolved before the government announce the new fee scale. We are expecting an announcement within the next 2 weeks.

 

Bailiffs will still be required to apply to the County Court for certification.

 

Form 4 procedures will continue (with some minor changes).

 

To get back to your query; the BEAC will not be either a complaints body or industry regulator.

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Thanks for clearing that up TT I must confess I did start to questioning myself as I do try to keep abreast of things and could not for the life of me recall any such regulations in respect of a complaints body/industry regulator having ever been agreed at any point.......more misinformation it would seem.

 

PS...proud to be in your class miss...lol

WD

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The reason why there will not be a complaints body is because the government believe that by having a simple fee scale it will lead to significantly less complaints being necessary.

 

MOJ believe that complaints should be made to the local authorities and CIVEA.

 

I have made no secret of the fact that CIVEA does not work but that's another issue.

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I don't think I will be the only one to recognise disaster before it strikes and can see complaints are going to soar. People currently making attempts to bring complaints to the attention of local authorities find they have hit a brick wall and are simply told to "speak with the bailiff", I can see little that will change that mentality.

 

I agree with you wholeheartedly in that CIVEA does not work and it never will. That the government cannot see an independent regulator is required leaves much to be said.

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Bottom line is that the Bailiffs & Enforcement Agents Council (BEAC) have no future.

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I don't think I will be the only one to recognise disaster before it strikes and can see complaints are going to soar. People currently making attempts to bring complaints to the attention of local authorities find they have hit a brick wall and are simply told to "speak with the bailiff", I can see little that will change that mentality.

 

I agree with you wholeheartedly in that CIVEA does not work and it never will. That the government cannot see an independent regulator is required leaves much to be said.

The government have a vested interest in keeping bailiffs as a threat and revenue raiser


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