Rise in Scots strug­gling to pay for home

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS - BY LEWIS MCKEN­ZIE

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 12% of a sam­ple size of 600 peo­ple said they were cur­rently strug­gling to pay their rent or mort­gage costs.

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

As many as four in 10 re­spon­dents said 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 forced to live in tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion – in­clud­ing more than 14,000 chil­dren.

Graeme Brown, direc­tor of Shel­ter Scot­land, said: “It’s quite clear that tens of thou­sands of peo­ple are en­ter­ing 2019 wor­ry­ing about meet­ing the costs of their rent or mort­gage 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.”

Graeme Brown

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