CIVEA is the principal trade association representing civil enforcement agencies employing around 2000 certificated enforcement agents in England and Wales.
CIVEA’s members enforce civil debt on behalf of local authorities and Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS).
This includes unpaid council tax, business rates, parking fines, magistrates’ court fines, employment tribunal awards, child support payments, B2B and commercial rent arrears.
In total CIVEA members recover almost half a billion pounds in unpaid taxes and fines each year at no cost to the public bodies themselves.
As local government finances come under continued pressure, the work that our members undertake is becoming increasingly important.
Every year, councils issue nearly 24 million Council Tax bills to help fund key local services, from adult social care and children’s services, to refuse collections and leisure facilities. Uncollected tax means less money for services and higher bills for residents who do pay on time.
However, the public value of effective enforcement goes well beyond the collection of revenue.
Enforcement action can be an important trigger for people to seek much needed debt advice and support, and the profession has strict safeguards in place to ensure that the vulnerable are provided with the right protection.
CIVEA’s members seek to secure payment from those who won’t pay, not those who can’t pay.
CIVEA is the principal trade association representing civil enforcement agencies employing around 2000 certificated enforcement agents in England and Wales. A list of members is here.
Certificated enforcement agents were previously called bailiffs. Enforcement agents are normally employed by a private company and, as such, are not officers of the court, but they are certified by the court. The certification process enables the court to exercise a degree of control over the standards of competence and conduct of enforcement agents.
The enforcement agent certificate, granted by the County Court, authorises the enforcement agent to work anywhere in England and Wales. The certificate must be renewed every two years. To qualify for a certificate, the applicant must satisfy the court that they are a “fit and proper” person to act as an enforcement agent. The applicant must prove that they have a sufficient knowledge of the law and procedure evidenced by Level 2 or equivalent Training in the Taking Control of Goods Regulations and provide a security bond.
Certificated enforcement agents enforce non-High Court orders this includes non-payment of council tax, business rates, parking and traffic offences, fines from the Magistrates’ Court’s, non-payment of child support, or a failure to pay commercial rent.
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