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Hundreds of families at risk of repossession

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 21, 2014

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HUNDREDS of families in Burton and South Derbyshire are facing the threat of having their homes repossessed, new figures have shown.

The figures revealed how many homeowners and renters had received possession notices during the last financial year.

Housing charity Shelter, which released the data, called the results ‘staggering’.

It said a growing number of families were at ‘crisis point’ and contacting them ‘with court papers in their hands’.

In East Staffordshire, there were 303 possession claims made, equivalent to one in every 156 households, while in South Derbyshire there were 231 notices dropped onto doormats, a rate of one in 169 homes.

North West Leicestershire, meanwhile, was listed among areas in the East Midlands where families were most likely to lose their homes.

A total of 282 claims were made in the district during the past 12 months, but that equated to one in 139 households.

Liz Clare, helpline adviser for Shelter, said it was important that people in trouble did not bury their heads in the sand.

She said: “We’re hearing from a growing number of people who have reached crisis point and picked up the phone, often with the court papers in their hand.

“It’s natural to hope mounting bills and arrears will go away, but the best thing to do is get expert advice straight away. There’s no shame in getting help and a specialist adviser can help you see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, added: “These staggering figures show just how many families in the Midlands go through the trauma of learning that their home is at risk, every single week.

“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. 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.”

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