Families face up to loss of home reality

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MORE than 1,200 Wigan families were at risk of losing their homes last year, new statistics reveal.

Using latest government figures, homeless charity Shelter found that 30,000 homes across the North West faced eviction or repossession.

The charity is warning that despite the beginnings of economic recovery, growing numbers of families are set to struggle in the future.

Wigan ranked 19th in the region for possession claim rates with one in every 108 households.

The worst was Salford with a rate of one in every 60 households.

Shelter chief executive Campbell Robb said: “People are hearing that the economy is recovering but we’re seeing the reality that many families are still battling to keep their homes.

“These staggering figures show just how many families in the region go through the trauma that their home is at risk, every single week.”

The research was based on how many homeowners and private or social renters have received a possession notice.

In Wigan, a total of 1,261 notices were issued.

Mr Robb added: “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.

“Our message is that no one should battle alone. Shelter can help.

“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.”

To contact Shelter’s advice line call 0808 800 4444 or visit www.shelter.org.uk for further information.