New statistics name Stevenage an ‘eviction hotspot’

Homeless charity Shelter has named Stevenage an "eviction hotspot"

Homeless charity Shelter has named Stevenage an "eviction hotspot" - Credit: Archant

Figures released yesterday (Wednesday) show people living in a Comet country town are among the most likely to lose their homes.

Statistics published by homeless charity Shelter reveal a list of ‘repossession hotspots’ in the East of England – with Stevenage coming third on the list out of 47 authorities.

The research shows one in 67 of the town’s homeowners face repossession claims – topped only by Peterborough and Luton, each with a one in 60 rate. Nationally, Stevenage was ranked 30th highest out of 325 English authorities.

One in 112 North Hertfordshire residents face losing their homes, while one in 103 do in Central Bedfordshire.

The research is based on data recorded by the Ministry of Justice over the last financial year, showing how many homeowners and private or social renters have received a possession notice for their home.


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Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: “People are hearing that the economy is recovering, but we’re seeing the reality that many families across the country are still battling to keep their heads above water and keep their homes. These figures show just how many families in the East of England go through the trauma of learning that their home is at risk, every week.

“Just one thing such as a job loss or serious illness can tip any of us in to a downward spiral that puts our home at risk. Getting advice early is the best way to halt the spiral of rent or mortgage arrears and can mean the difference between losing a home and keeping it.”

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Shelter’s free advice helpline is currently taking more than 480 calls each day, offering vital support and advice to homeless families and those still fighting to stay in their homes.

For more information visit www.shelter.org.uk/advice or call 0808 8004444.

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