The use of bailiffs to pursue drivers for unpaid parking fines has risen by 21% in two years in England and Wales, according to a debt charity.

Parking debts were passed from councils to enforcement agents on nearly 1.1 million occasions in 2018-19, analysis by the Money Advice Trust found.

Bailiffs were only called in more frequently by councils to collect unpaid council tax.

Local authorities said they had a duty to collect this money.

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Bailiffs cannot force their way into people’s homes, but they can take money on the doorstep, or possessions inside or outside a home to cover the cost of unpaid debts.

The Money Advice Trust, which runs the

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