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1 in 3 UK households on brink of homelessness – Shelter

One in three British households are teetering on the brink of homelessness because rent and mortgage payments have dramatically risen high, while real wages have fallen.

A study by homelessness charity Shelter and pollster YouGov found that a third (37 percent) of UK households could not afford to pay their rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lost their income.

Over a fifth (23 percent) said they would be unable to pay anything for their housing from the moment they lost their job.

Shelter said the report offers a reminder of how millions of families are living from “one paycheck to the next.

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As a sign of how the housing crisis is affecting low to middle income people in the UK, some 48 percent of households told pollsters that housing is the biggest drain on their budget.

The findings reflect a recent government statistic revealing that there are 16.5 million working age adults with no savings in the bank.

Real wages in the UK have seen a steady decline since the 2007-2008 financial crisis, according to an analysis from the Trade Union Congress (TUC) published last month.

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Lou, a participant in the Shelter survey, is a single mother of two who lives in a small flat in Guildford.

I’m working hard, but it still makes me feel like a failure. I recently changed jobs and hit a rough patch when I thought I wouldn’t be able to pay the rent,” she told the survey.

An employer had given me some work and didn’t tell me that my hours wouldn’t be guaranteed, I lost a chunk of my income all of a sudden, and very nearly lost my home. It was really scary.

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A government spokesman told the BBC “strong protections” are in place to guard against homelessness.

We are introducing the National Living Wage, increasing the personal tax allowance and giving the next generation choice and flexibility in their savings, including the Help to Save scheme for people on low incomes.

We are continuing to spend around £90 billion a year on working age benefits to ensure a strong safety net for the most vulnerable.”

3 thoughts on “1 in 3 UK households on brink of homelessness – Shelter

  1. In expectation of Migrants from the Middle East no doubt.
    LEBANON is next on the hit list of USA GENERAL WESLEY CLARKE’s … war with 7 countries in 5 years.
    First those Lebanese with money & status will migrate & be welcomed with open arms.
    Brits will be evicted into the streets, for the low lifers that they are.

  2. The declines in the EU are staged for a power dynamic shift & to allow instability quell any protest from the populations of the EU Member countries.

  3. Some how ALL The Establishment players feel secure in their belief that the migrants & refugees of the Middle east will be greatful, just to have bben taken in, that they will not care that it was also the EU that collaborated to have them expelled from their homelands.
    The best is yet to come.
    London bridge id falling down
    Falling down
    London bridge is falling down
    My fair lady.

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