In­crease in num­ber of peo­ple strug­gling to pay for their homes

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The num­ber of peo­ple in Scot­land who are strug­gling to pay for their home has in­creased by nearly a third in the last two years, ac­cord­ing to a study.

Re­search by YouGov, on be­half of Shel­ter Scot­land, in­di­cated that 12% of a sam­ple size of 600 peo­ple said they were cur­rently strug­gling to pay their rent or mort­gage costs.

The fig­ure is an in­crease on the 9% of re­spon­dents from two years ago when the same sur­vey was con­ducted.

YouGov sug­gest the 12% fig­ure is equiv­a­lent to nearly 200,000 house­holds.

As many as four in 10 (36%) re­spon­dents said that they would strug­gle to pay their rent or mort­gage if it rose by as lit­tle as £50 a month dur­ing 2019, while 39% ad­mit­ted they had at least once bor­rowed money from a friend, used a credit card or used their sav­ings to pay their rent or mort­gage.

Shel­ter Scot­land has warned that ig­nor­ing money wor­ries rather than seek­ing ad­vice could lead to peo­ple’s homes be­ing put at risk.

Ac­cord­ing to the char­ity, one house­hold ev­ery 18 min­utes was made home­less in Scot­land last year, with nearly 11,000 house­holds liv­ing in tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion – in­clud­ing more than 14,000 chil­dren.

Graeme Brown, di­rec­tor of Shel­ter Scot­land, said: “It’s quite clear from these num­bers that tens of thou­sands of peo­ple in Scot­land are en­ter­ing 2019 wor­ry­ing about meet­ing the costs of their rent or mort­gage over the next few months and that many thou­sands more would strug­gle with even a mod­est rise on those costs.

“A per­fect storm of aus­ter­ity, harsh wel­fare re­forms, stag­nant wages, job in­se­cu­rity and the high cost of hous­ing are mak­ing it harder for peo­ple to make ends meet and plan for the fu­ture.

“It’s a dis­grace that in 21st Cen­tury Scot­land so many peo­ple should have to worry about the ba­sic right of keep­ing a roof over their heads.”

Mr Brown also said that Shel­ter ad­vis­ers are avail­able to help any­one wor­ried about pay­ing for their hous­ing costs.

“It’s a dis­grace”, says Shel­ter di­rec­tor Graeme Brown.

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