Saturday, 20 December 2014

Rising housing costs put families under pressure

One in four adults in the UK are kept awake at night by concerns about paying for their housing, a survey has found.

The Yougov survey for housing charity Shelter found 25 per cent of the 4,060 adults surveyed were kept up at night by housing worries, with 32 per cent saying housing costs are causing stress or anxiety in their family.

Twenty six per cent of those surveyed said housing costs cause arguments with their partner or other family members.

Earlier this month another Shelter survey found 7.8 million adults in Britain are struggling to pay their rent or mortgage, up 44 per cent on December 2011.

Chief executive Campbell Robb said: ‘These findings reveal the heartbreaking reality of living in fear of losing your home.

‘Behind closed doors millions of families face stress, sleepless nights and strained relationships as they desperately struggle to afford their housing bills.’

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