Thousands in South Yorkshire face losing homes

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More than 2,250 householders in Sheffield face being evicted or having their homes repossessed, new figures have revealed.

The charity Shelter said there were 2,258 mortgage and landlord possession claims made over Sheffield homes in the county court from April last year to the end of March.

The rate of repossessions is put at one in every 102 properties - meaning the city ranks fourth among the places in Yorkshire where people are most likely to lose their home.

In Barnsley there were 1,031 possession claims, with 820 in Rotherham and 925 in Doncaster.

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

“People are hearing that the economy is recovering, but many families are still battling to keep their heads above water. Just one thing such as a job loss or serious illness can tip any of us into a downward spiral.

“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.”

The research was based on data from the Ministry of Justice.