There have been many complaints that the form doesn't allow for outgoings to be quantified "properly" and so, just over a year ago, we introduced a new form where there were no specific categories of outgoings and the defendant was left to enter details in order of priority.
This morning, the pilot scheme having been completed, the statistical analysis was made available to the Justices. Some interesting reading, even allowing for the old clichÃƒÂ© "Lies, damned lies and statistics".
The total number of means forms in the sample was 6533.
The top five highest priority outgoings taking the whole sample overall were:-
Those finding their way, overall, into the five lowest priorities were:-
Previous Court fines
Loan and credit card payments
I should, of course, be cynical and say that I'm not surprised but, truth to tell, I am surprised. That experience is so closely mirrored by statistical findings.