Repossessions soar in South Yorks

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A HIGH profile homelessness charity has ranked Doncaster among the worst UK hotspots for house repossessions.

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

Rotherham and Barnsley also fare badly, with Barnsley rated fifth in Yorkshire 42nd and nationally, with a figure of 5.13, and Rotherham sixth in Yorkshire and 50th nationally with a figure of 4.96. The national average is 3.5.

Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband said: “These alarming figures are a real cause for concern.

“More and more people in Doncaster are facing the threat of losing their homes as a result of an out of touch government putting the wrong people first.

“David Cameron promised change, but instead he has delivered a recession made in Downing Street. 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 homeowners face the highest risk of repossession.

It says research uncovered a strong link between rising unemployment and repossession.