Bailiffs form new Association

 

11.12.2014

SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE BAILIFF PROFESSION COME TOGETHER TO FORM NEW ASSOCIATION

INDIVIDUALS ENCOURAGED TO JOIN - WITH ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEE OF £25

NEW TRAINING COURSES, MENTORING AND CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

LAUNCH COINCIDES WITH LOCAL AUTHORITIES’ DESIRE TO TAKE BACK CONTROL OF COLLECTIONS

The Certificated Enforcement Agents Association (CEAA) was formally launched during a meeting near Cambridge last Monday (8 December, 2014).

The new Association has emerged, after a period of disquiet and concern over the future of individual bailiffs and smaller specialist enforcement firms, who traditionally have worked closely with local authorities in collecting debts such as Council Tax, Penalty Charge Notices and other sundry debts.

Andy Coates of Enforcement Bailiffs Ltd, a CEAA Vice President, making the announcement during the Local Authority Civil Enforcement Forum’s (LACEF) winter workshop at South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Cambourne Civic Centre, said:

“I was recently asked to chair a focus group on the impact of the new legislation on smaller regional companies.”

“We formed this small group and after it’s first meeting it quickly came to our attention that there was a need for the individual Enforcement Agent to be represented and have a voice within the industry.”

“So a group of us got together and The Certificated Enforcement Agents Association (CEAA) was formed to enable individuals working in the enforcement industry - including those in local authorities - to be able to become a member of an association that represents their profession and have a vote and a say on issues affecting the enforcement process.”

“Up to now, this has only been available to private organisations through CIVEA, the Civil Enforcement Association.”

“Dave Rayner, from Collect Services Ltd has been elected as our first President. Dave has a long history in the industry, having joined the Certificated Bailiffs Association in 1973 and has always stood in the interests of the individual, on whom we and other companies totally depend, although those individuals have been given little credit for their overall important role in the collections and enforcement process.”

“We have set the membership fee level for CEAA at a very reasonable £25 per year to encourage membership in the early stages, but this will obviously be increased in line with the running costs of the Association at some time in the future, when everyone is fully aware of what we are offering to members.”

“We are not here to replicate CIVEA as there would be little point in another similar body, but to encourage the system to provide warrants to all whether they be National/Regional/Local - and to give the opportunity for individuals and companies to have an equal playing field when tendering, with CEAA setting the standards and control of the individuals.”

Companies will be encouraged to recommend their Enforcement Agents to become members rather than corporate members.

Mission Statement

The Association’s Mission Statement

  • To provide a democratic organisation to assist those individuals engaged in enforcement activities and improve their academic, business and practical knowledge.
  • To promote professional standards, through improved training and education of all agents and gaining recognition of Enforcement Agents as a profession.
  • To progress the Association towards a professional institution, improving understanding of the profession to all.

CEAA will promote and deliver training to all those working within the industry through its strategic delivery partners, improving standards of service for all those involved in the enforcement sector.

Training

Training will be available to all within the industry, not limited to Enforcement Agents. Therefore improving understanding of the enforcement process to creditors, money advice sector, councilors and debtors.

David Rayner, managing director of Collect Services Limited in West London, has been elected President of the CEAA. He commented:

“We will strive to improve access to specialist services and knowledge within the industry.”

“For example some of the courses already available:

  • Level 2 and 3 Award in Taking Control of Goods
  • Vulnerability Training within the enforcement process.
  • First Aid and Health & Safety within the work place.

Just to mention a few.”

Continuing Professional Development

David Rayner, managing director of Collect Services Limited in West London, has been elected President of the CEAA. He commented:

“It is intended to encourage members to set up regional branches where knowledge, ideas and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) can be shared at a local level. All members will have a say in the new organisation and we will strive to improve access to specialist services and knowledge within the industry.”

It is intended to encourage members to set up regional branches where knowledge, ideas and Continuing Professional Development can be shared at a local level.

All members will have a say in this democratic organisation.

Further information:

For further information contact CEAA Secretary James Bond.

Email: gen.sec@ceaa.co.uk

Website: www.ceaa.co.uk

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