1.4 million falling behind with rent and mortgage
2.8 million people have used an unauthorised overdraft to help with payments
Friday 04 January 2013
1.4 million people in Britain are falling behind with their rent/mortgage payments, according to a new YouGov survey for Shelter.
The research also reveals that over the past year almost a million people used a payday loan to help pay their rent or mortgage and 2.8 million people used an unauthorised overdraft to help pay their rent or mortgage, and of those 10% did so every month.
Shelter is also warning of the dangers of turning to short-term, high interest credit as a way to help meet housing costs.
Campbell Robb, Shelter’s Chief Executive, said: "It’s shocking to think that so many families will be starting the New Year with a huge weight hanging over them, trapped in a daily struggle to keep their home. Payday loans may seem like a quick fix, but the huge interest charges mean things can quickly spiral out of control. It’s vital that anyone who’s having difficulty paying their rent or mortgage gets advice now."
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