Bailiffs to be allowed ‘reasonable force’

The government is proposing wide-ranging new powers to allow bailiffs to break into people’s homes and use ‘reasonable force’ against householders who try to protect their valuables. The government wants to crack down on people who evade debts, and under the new regulations, bailiffs working for private firms would be able to restrain or pin down householders and force their way into homes to seize property to pay off debts.