The tragic story of Jerome Rogers won a BAFTA earlier this month and now it is centre stage in a parliamentary debate on threatening debt collection letters.
Jerome took his own life at the age of just 20 in 2016 after being threatened with bailiffs and a deluge of letters chasing spiralling parking fines. His heart-breaking story was turned into drama Killed By My Debt by the BBC, which won a BAFTA for Single Drama.
In his acceptance speech, his brother Nat called for change insisting that the practice was “not right”.
That saw Jerome’s story referenced by Lib Dem MP Norman Lamb in Tuesday’s debate on threatening debt collection letters as part of the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute’s (MMHPI) Stop the Debt Threat campaign.
The charity has attracted 6,000 signatures on their petition to change the Consumer Credit Act 1974 so that harassing letters sent to recover debts do not have a detrimental mental health impact on the recipient leading to tragic outcomes like in Jerome’s case.
Lamb, who is leading the calls for reform on behalf of MMHPI in parliament, told Economic Secretary to the Treasury John Glen that the current laws were “outdated and frankly ridiculous” in Tuesday’s debate.