One in every 115 households across England is at risk of homelessness, new figures from the housing and homelessness charity Shelter have revealed.
In the 12 months to September 2012, 198,470 households were threatened with losing their home – equal to cities the size of Liverpool or Bristol being evicted or repossessed.
The figures also show:
- the top 15 hotspots are all London boroughs, where the risk of repossession or eviction is double the national average, with one in every 62 homes at risk
- the nation’s top hotspot, Barking and Dagenham, has more than three times as many possession claims as the rest of the country, one in every 37 homes
- outside London, the regions with the highest eviction risk are the north west with one in 112 homes at risk, and the west Midlands with one in 114 homes at risk
- there is a correlation between unemployment and eviction risk, with the local authorities with the most possession claims also having the highest rates of unemployment.
The top eviction risk hotspots are:
Local authority (Possession rate per number of homes)
Barking & Dagenham (one in 37)
Newham (one in 39)
Haringey (one in 45)
Hackney (one in 46)
Southwark (one in 46)
The top eviction hotspots outside London are:
Wolverhampton (one in 65)
Slough (one in 66)
Manchester (one in 66)
Peterborough (one in 68)
Nottingham (one in 69)
Campbell Robb, Chief Executive of Shelter said: "It’s truly shocking how many people in this country are living with the threat of becoming homeless. In some areas, the risk of being evicted or repossessed is so high that one home in every street could be affected.
"This report is a stark reminder that homelessness can happen to anyone – all it takes is one event such as a redundancy or relationship break up, and whole families are at risk of losing their home."
Shelter have produced an interactive map of possession claims by local authorities in England. http://england.shelter.org.uk/campaigns/why_we_campaign/repossession_and...