More than a quarter worry about housing costs, survey finds

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12th January 2016 10:25 - Housing

A recent survey by the charity, Shelter Scotland, has revealed that more than a quarter of tenants and homeowners are concerned about More than a quarter worry about housing costs, survey findshousing costs, worrying that they may not be able to afford their home payments during 2016.

The market research also revealed that nearly 10 per cent of those who were concerned were worried about their January payments.

Shelter Scotland said that they are contacted by dozens of people per day who are overwhelmed by mortgage or rent bills.

Of the 1,000 respondents, those aged between 25 and 34 made up the largest proportion. Of this age group, 36 per cent said that they were worried about paying their mortgage or their rent.

The research also revealed that approximately 1 in 3 people have scaled back on winter essentials, such as clothing and fuel, to meet rent and mortgage payments. A further 5 per cent said that they used their Christmas savings to cover living costs.

The charity recently announced that there had been an increase in the number of calls received by its national helpline last year. As well as this, Shelter Scotland revealed that an average of 81 households were assessed to be homeless every day.

Head of Policy at Shelter Scotland, Adam Lang, said of the research findings:

"It's a worrying sign of the times that so many people are starting the New Year worried about how they'll pay for their rent or mortgage in 2016.

"Every day we hear from people who are living on a knife edge, feeling overwhelmed by mounting rent or mortgage bills, as the increasing pressure of sky-high housing costs continues to take its toll.

"We understand it is all too easy to bury your head in the sand hoping the problem will go away. But if you're in this situation, it's so important to remember you're not alone and that help is at hand.

"Advice from Shelter Scotland is only a click or a phone call away - so get advice early to prevent things from spiralling out of control."

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