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    In the first three months of 2015 bailiffs in England and Wales have evicted over 11,000 families which is 51% higher than the same period five years ago.

    Figures reveal that the number of tenants evicted from their homes is at a six year high with rising rents and cuts to benefits the main reason behind it, reports the Guardian.

    Over 11,000 families were evicted by bailiffs in England and Wales in the first three months of this year, which is an 8% increase on last year and a 51% increase from five years ago.

    Separate figures also showed almost 59,000 households have had their benefits capped in the past two years. Nearly half of those families were in London, where the average monthly rent for a two-bedroom home is £2,216.

    Responding to the eviction statistics, Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: “Today’s figures are a glaring reminder that sky-high housing costs and welfare cuts are leaving thousands of people battling to keep a roof over their heads. Every day at Shelter we see the devastating impact of a housing market at boiling point, with the cost of renting so high that many families are living in fear that just one thing like losing their job or becoming ill could leave them with the bailiffs knocking at the door. The new government must make sure people aren’t left to fall through the cracks and hurtling towards homelessness by preserving, if not strengthening, the frayed housing safety net to protect ordinary families desperately struggling to make ends meet.”

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    May 15, 2015 by Laura Matthews Categories: Housing And Benefits

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