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Merchants of Misery: Debt collection is one of the UK's fastest-growing industries - Home News, UK - Independent.co.uk

Debt collection agencies and bailiffs are raking in unprecedented sums from Britain's growing mountain of personal finance misery, an Independent on Sunday investigation has found. Last year the agencies and bailiffs pursued no fewer than 20 million cases and the methods they used to squeeze money from people are so aggressive that experts ranging from the Citizens' Advice Bureau (CAB) to members of the House of Lords are now calling for legislation to curb these excesses.

A growing army of thousands of "debt chasers" is making millions from the misery of Britons who have spent years spending above their means, in what campaigners have slammed as "legalised profiteering".

Personal debt is at a record high of £1.4 trillion, averaging £29,684 for every adult in the country. And people now face the possibility of bailiffs being able to break into their homes and take possessions by force. The sweeping new powers will be outlined by the Government in May, when it publishes details of how a new Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act will work in practice. In a statement to the IoS, a Ministry of Justice (MoJ) spokesperson claimed that the new powers for forcing entry will be used only "as a last resort... in strictly controlled circumstances", and only "once full independent regulation of all private-sector bailiffs has been implemented". But it emerged last night that, despite bailiffs remaining unregulated, MoJ officials are proposing that they be allowed "to use reasonable force, restraint or violence against debtors thwarting the bailiff's seizure of their go

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Feb 17th, 2008 at 03:18:21 AM EST

 the misery of Britons who have spent years spending above their means

C'est un signe de misère? Je croyais que c'était une preuve du dynamisme et de l'optimisme de la société britannique, et de la supériorité du modèle néolibéral?

Mais évidemment ce n'est pas parce que ces phénomènes sont décrits ainsi, de manière isolée, que le discours sur la France déclinante et les pays anglo-saxons qui créent de la richesse va changer...

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Feb 17th, 2008 at 03:26:15 AM EST
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"Misery" est un faux frère. Ce mot veut dire en anglais "malheur, souffrance" et non grande pauvreté.

Tout à fait d'ac sur ton deuxième point.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Feb 17th, 2008 at 04:36:27 AM EST
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Cela ne change pas beaucoup le sens de mon commentaire, de toute façon.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Feb 17th, 2008 at 04:39:17 AM EST
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