Debts to public bodies: are Government debt collection practices outdated?

Research output: Other contribution


There is growing concern that the debt collection practices of public sector bodies have fallen behind the standard of regulated creditors in the private sector. Practices have often been criticised as being unfair to the debtor and inefficient, possibly resulting in higher long-term costs to the taxpayer. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on debts owed to public bodies is not yet known, but it is likely to have led to further indebtedness.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherHouse of Commons Library
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2020


  • Debt collection
  • Public sector
  • Financial regulation
  • Debt

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