2,340 families to lose homes

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MORE than 2,300 South Yorkshire families were handed court orders demanding repossession of their homes in the last year, as people struggled to keep up with mortgages.

New research by homelessness charity Shelter reveals parts of South Yorkshire to be some of the worst repossession hotspots in the country.

Between May 2010 and April this year, 605 possession orders were handed out in Sheffield, 380 in Rotherham, 295 in Barnsley - and 560 in Doncaster.

The results of the survey showed Doncaster to be the sixth-worst area in the country for repossessions compared to the size of its population.

It had a rate of 5.44 orders handed out per thousand people.

Rotherham was 35th out of 324 local authorities with 4.43 per thousand households.

Barnsley was 75th with 3.60 per thousand, and Sheffield came 86th with 3.42 per thousand. Every area in South Yorkshire was above the national rate of 2.87 per thousand.

Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: “This research paints a frightening picture of repossession hotspots where homeowners are literally on the brink of losing the roof over their head.

“All it takes is one thing like job loss to tip people over the edge into the spiral of debt, repossession and homelessness.”

Anyone struggling with mortgage repayments can call Shelter’s free helpline on 0808 800 4444.