A letter from the Lord Chancellor (which we have) says that the High Court bailiffs (and we understand County Court too but they’re less of an issue) have agreed not to carry out evictions from residential properties in Tiers 2 and 3 areas, and everywhere from December 11 to January 11.
We hope that this, and waving a copy of this letter at bailiffs and cops should be enough to stop possession orders being acted on for the moment but fear this is not enough.
Under new rules, if you have ever had a licence to be where you are you must get notice of eviction, even if it’s the High Court cowboys that do it. We’re still working out the practicalities of making use of this, but let us know your experiences, and if you’re in court and the other side haven’t mentioned your licence make sure you put it in your defence, even if it’s not going to help otherwise
Friends Families and Travellers have designed a simple way to respond to the latest planned attacks https://www.gypsy-traveller.org/how-to-respond-to-government-plans-to-strengthen-police-powers-against-gypsies-and-travellers/
but you might also want to read up on the threats on their website and respond more fully
OK, we did a lot better last year and made a surplus! thanks to benefits and one-off donations.
We spent £3,580, of which 2,517 was building costs and £527 for our phone etc.
We got in £1,951 in donations, £1,927 from benefits and £985 from standing orders.
Thanks a lot everyone.
There is an official consultation on County Court and High Court bailiff enforcement, which could (possibly) result in the High Court ones having to give notice and play by the rules, or, on the other hand, in County Court bailiffs being able to act like cowboys.
ASS is working on a response, along with others and if you want to see our draft get in touch, and have a look at https://consult.justice.gov.uk/digital-communications/enforcement-of-possession-orders/ We have until the 2nd May.
Let us know if you are planning to respond and share your draft with us please (so we can learn and/or advise)
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