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Taking Control

BBC1 broadcast of “Killed by my Debt” docudrama

July 2018 saw the BBC1 broadcast of the docudrama “Killed by my Debt”. Jerome was a 19-year-old man who worked in the gig economy as a delivery courier, transporting blood between London hospitals. His variable income meant that when he received two traffic fines, each of £65 that he was unable to pay immediately, fees and charges rapidly escalated the debt to over £1,000 and became unmanageable. Despite Jerome’s efforts to seek an affordable repayment plan, bailiffs clamped his motorbike, meaning Jerome was then unable to work. After increasingly desperate attempts to resolve the situation, Jerome ultimately took his own life.

The broadcast of the programme on BBC1 generated a huge amount of interest on social media – at one point it was trending just below “Love Island” on Twitter. The screening also followed a Parliamentary event organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group on debt and personal finance on Tuesday. As part of this Jerome’s mother and brother, Tracey and Nat, explained to MPs and others what Jerome’s death had meant to them and the ways they thought it could have been prevented – including independent regulation of bailiffs.

How you can help build on interest created by “Killed by my Debt”

One of the Taking Control partners, Z2K has set up a webpage where you can take actions to follow up the issues highlighted in “Killed by my Debt” either by:

·         e-mailing Minister for Justice, Lucy Frazer

·         e-mailing your local MP


·         sharing a bailiff story on the Taking Control website

We’d really appreciate you taking a small amount of time to take at least one of these actions to keep the issue of bailiff reform on the agenda

If you could include an example of poor bailiff practice from your local area in the appropriate place in the e-mail, that would really bring the campaign message across. Thank you!

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