Borough is named a homes repossession hotspot

Row of houses
Row of houses

A LEADING homeless charity has ranked Doncaster among the worst hotspots nationally for house repossessions.

Shelter says the borough is the worst in Yorkshire and rates it 17th in a national table it has drawn up with 5.7 possession claims per 1,000 homes. The national average is 3.5.

The figures have alarmed Doncaster North MP and Labour leader Ed Miliband who described them as a “cause for concern.”

He added: “More and more people in Doncaster are facing the threat of losing their homes.

“What we need is an economy that works for working people and reduces the threat of home repossession.”

Shelter says its list of repossession risk hotspots uses the latest figures for 2011/12 to show where across the country homeowners face the highest risk of repossession.

The charity says research also uncovered a strong link between rising unemployment and repossession, with those out of work in hotspot areas rising at a much greater rate than areas with the lowest risk.

Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: “Most people think that repossession will never happen to them, however rising unemployment, high living costs and high house prices mean that many people in Yorkshire and Humberside are living close to the edge already, and risk falling into a spiral of debt and repossession.”

“If you are struggling with mortgage arrears, you may be able to negotiate with your mortgage provider and avoid repossession, so seek advice from organisations like Shelter as soon as your problems start.”

Rotherham and Barnsley also fare badly in the list. Barnsley rated fifth and in Yorkshire 42nd nationally, with a figure of 5.13, and Rotherham sixth in Yorkshire and 50th nationally with a figure of 4.96.

Anyone in need of help should visit shelter.org.uk/advice or call 08088 004 444.