Jerome Rodger’s tragic death underlines the urgent need for Bailiff reform

In January 2016 Jerome Rodger’s was visited by a bailiff. Jerome worked as a motorbike courier and had incurred two £65 fines, one for driving in a bus lane one minute for before he was allowed to do so and one for an illegal U-turn. By the time the bailiff was on his door step Jerome’s two small fines had ballooned to £1,019 in debt as a result of court and bailiff fees. Continue reading

General Election 2017: the issues at stake for Z2K clients

At Z2K, staff and volunteers have been discussing the surprise announcement of the General Election and its relevance to our clients. Although feelings are running high on both sides of the political divide over Brexit, we hope the election won’t just be seen as a chance to re-run last year’s referendum on EU membership. Some very big social policy changes have happened since the UK last went to the polls in 2015 and 8th June offers an opportunity for the electorate, including the community Z2K supports, to pass judgment on the policies that impact most greatly on them. Continue reading

Case study: £4,429.58 of Council Tax arrears written off

Bidandi’ is a refugee who was granted asylum in the UK. He suffers from PTSD and other mental health problems as a result of his experiences in his home country. After leaving National Asylum Support Service accommodation Bidandi was made homeless. The local authority in which he was resident recognised his vulnerability and placed him in accommodation in a neighboring borough in 2013. He remains in the same property today and is currently in receipt of ESA, PIP and Housing Benefit.   Continue reading

Case study: tenant or licensee?

Javier approached us at an outreach session. He had been issued with a possession claim and his hearing was listed in the next few weeks. The basis of the claim was alleged rent arrears and that the contract had ended. Javier was very distressed as the agents for the property had called the police to assist them in evicting him. Surprisingly the police took his security of tenure more seriously and informed the agents they must obtain a possession order. Continue reading