THE row over an Accrington pensioner who died while he was being taken to a cashpoint by a bailiff to pay a speeding fine has reached the House of Lords.
Andy Miller, 78, of India Street, who had suffered a previous heart attack, collapsed outside the town centre cashpoint where he had been driven to withdraw cash to pay the £60 fine and £290 court costs.
His death has sparked a national debate over how much power bailiffs have.
Justice Minister Jack Straw ordered an immediate inquiry into the case and the House of Lords debated the issue in connection with the Tribunals Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, which was scheduled to come into force on Wednesday.
Tory Lord Lucas said: “Life is getting very rough out there because people are getting short of money.
“Bailiffs are finding it harder to extract money and we are getting a lot of cases where a serious level of distress is being caused.”
Junior Justice Minister Lord Bach replied: “We want to move forward as fast as we can, but we know that enforcement law in this area is complex, confusing and, frankly, difficult to understand.”
Mr Miller’s son Mick, 48, of Lower Darwen, said he has heard nothing except what he had seen on TV or read in newspapers.
He said: “We appreciate people’s support but would like to be contacted and kept up to date.”
Last Friday Mick and his four siblings bade farewell to Mr Miller during a funeral service at Pleasington Crematorium, Black-burn.
Over 100 mourners attended the service for the loyal Blackburn Rovers fan, who had worked as a butcher, coalman, milkman, welder and landlord of the Cabin End pub in Knuzden, where a celebration of his life was held.
Mick said: “My family and I are doing OK. We are just trying to get on with things at the moment.
“The children are back at school and college and we are back at work. We are now waiting on the results of the inquiry.”