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SALFORD RISK OF LOSING HOME SECOND WORST OUTSIDE LONDON
 

Star date: 20th December 2013

SALFORD IS "FRIGHTENING" AND "HEARTBREAKING" HOUSE EVICTION HOTSPOT

Salford has been highlighted in a new report by Shelter as being a hotspot for potential house repossession or evictions, with one in 61 households at risk compared to an England average of one in 105.

The statistics make Salford the second worst place in England, outside London, and the worst in the North West. Shelter's Chief Exec called the figures "frightening" and added "It is heartbreaking to see that so many people in England face spending Christmas with the threat of losing their home hanging over them."

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The risk of losing your home in Salford is so high that's it's the second worst place in England, outside London, for house repossession and eviction claims, according to latest statistics published by Shelter.

The housing and homelessness charity compiled and compared mortgage and landlord `possession claims', which are court proceedings that can lead to repossession of houses and eviction of families. Salford was the second worst place in England, outside the London area, with one in every 61 households at riskcompared to one in every 105 households in England.

Salford was also the most at-risk place in the North West, compared to places like Tameside (one in 80 risk), Oldham (one in 65 risk) and Manchester (one in 64 risk). The highest risk place in country was Newham with a one in 35 risk.

Overall in the country, in the league table of `Eviction and Repossession Hotspots', Salford came 20th, with London areas dominating, apart from Nottingham in 17th position.

"Possession claims are the first stage of a legal process which can end with a person or family being evicted" states the Shelter report "In most cases it is followed by a possession order, which, if granted, is very likely to mean that person or family losing their home."

The report adds that "not all possession claims lead to possession orders, and not all possession orders lead to the loss of the home and eviction, but receiving a possession claim means a household is in a legal process where their home is at risk".

Last year, just under a quarter of families were legally evicted as a result of these orders, but Shelter claims the figures are an underestimate as "some households will leave 'voluntarily' before bailiffs are required…Many more households than this are struggling to keep up with the payments on their homes, and may voluntarily move or sell rather than face enforced eviction through the courts."

Shelter blames "a serious lack of affordable housing", despite mortgage interest rates being at an all time low. To this can be added a `cost of living crisis' with low wages, zero hours contracts and high unemployment also major factors, particularly in Salford.

Meanwhile, developers like Countryside Properties continue to build houses in bulldozed regeneration areas that are largely unaffordable to people who have been displaced.

Shelter adds "With housing costs soaring, and welfare cuts continuing to take their toll, the charity is bracing itself for a record number of calls this Christmas. New data released earlier this month showed that nearly 85,000 children in Britain face homelessness this Christmas morning"

Launching an emergency Christmas appeal, Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: "It is heartbreaking to see that so many people in England face spending Christmas with the threat of losing their home hanging over them. Seeing that one home in every hundred is at risk of repossession is a frightening reminder that homelessness can happen to anyone.

"We are urging anyone who can to donate to our Christmas appeal and make sure we can be there for every family facing homelessness" he added "because no-one should be left to fight this battle on their own."

To support Shelter's emergency Christmas appeal - click here

To read the full Shelter Report click here

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at 20:12:23 on 05 January 2014
Its absolutely shameful that in this day and age working people have to depend on government top ups to survive. Low wages, zero hours/part time contracts, no job security-is it any wonder people are struggling to keep the wolf from the door. Someone working 40hrs per week on min wage will have a gross income of £256-this will be less when tax or insurance is deducted. How on earth are people expected to make ends meet when even council/arms length/social housing rents are nearing the £100pwk mark, £25pwk CT, £10pk gas, £10pk electric-cooking included in this, £5pwk water rates, £4pwk TV licence, £20pwk transport cost to work and back,£5per day food-£35pwk, and that's just the bare essentials-clothing and treats aren't even included in this estimate. By my reckoning that means there is no money left for anything else. Before people start writing in saying you can get a top up benefit/rent rebate/council tax discounts etc-that's the whole point....If a full time job cant even cover the most basic of living costs there is something terribly wrong-surely I'm not the only one who can see it.
 
Kenneth w mckelvey wrote
at 09:15:14 on 21 December 2013
More cuts to the poorest /more money for the rich tax dodgers and iffy business's who are milking the people of Salford/ Salfords Council of New Labour Torys are as bad as the filth that are freeloading for themselves and punishing The Blind Disabled Poor and unemployed / Salford Council and the The Con Dems are now bedfellows robbing the poorest to Aid And Abet the richest to get richer / They are an absolute disgrace Old Labour was about fair play and Justice This lot stink as bad as the Torys
 
ab irato wrote
at 19:47:10 on 20 December 2013
And with great timing, Salford City Council is now proposing to cut services such as Welfare Rights, Debt Advice, Housing Advice & Support
 
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