Richmondshire has country's highest percentage increase in home repossession claims (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Richmondshire has country's highest percentage increase in home repossession claims
THE North Yorkshire district of Richmondshire has suffered the biggest percentage increase in home repossession and eviction claims in the country, according to a charity.
Shelter estimates as many as one home in every street in some parts of England are at risk of being repossessed - with unemployment and the high cost of living leaving many households on a ''knife-edge''.
The number of possession claims across England has increased, according to figures released by the charity, which it says are based on a combination of Ministry of Justice statistics and 2011 census data.
Between July last year and June the biggest increase in possession and eviction claims was recorded in the Yorkshire Dales district of Richmondshire - represented by Foreign Secretary William Hague - which has rocketed by 80.3 per cent.
However, the district began with a relatively low number of possession claims, with figures rising from 61 between July 2011 and June 2012 to 110 between July 2012 and June this year.
Bromley in the Midlands had 1,611 possession claims over 2012/13.
In Wolverhampton, one in every 59 households were at risk of losing their home last year and in Newham, East London, that figure rose to one in every 35; the highest rate in the country.
The figures relate to possession claims, which are applications made to a court by lenders and landlords to repossess a house, the first step to get a possession order.
Leader of Richmondshire District Council, John Blackie, said compared to other parts of the country, the rise in possession orders in Richmondshire was still relatively low. But he said the rise in the cost of living rise was particularly hitting rural areas.
“We’re dealing with very, very serious issues for the households concerned, but they are very small numbers compared to other parts of the country" he said.
He added: “Bear in mind Richmondshire is a low wage economy. Certainly in tourist areas it’s a low wage economy.
“It’s also an expensive area to live in with extra heating costs in a colder climate, extra travelling costs because so many services are a long way from where you live. The actual cost of living has gone up more in Richmondshire.”
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