Number of private tenants evicted in England nearly doubles in five years

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High rents and welfare cuts have led to an 88% rise in private rental evictions in five years, according to statistics from the Ministry of Justice.

The loss of private tenancy remains the single biggest cause of homelessness in the country. In the 12 months up to June 2016, 22,592 private rental households were evicted, equivalent to 56,480 people.

Homelessness charity Shelter has revealed that one in three working families in England would not be able to pay their rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lost their job.

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This means that 3 million families are at risk of losing their homes.

Shelter is urging the government to protect and improve welfare safety nets to help families protect their homes when faced with tough times.

Shelter Chief executive Campbell Robb said it is vital that there is enough support available for families, so that if life takes a turn for the worst families are not faced with homelessness.

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He said: These figures demonstrate the terrible impact of crippling welfare cuts and a chronic lack of affordable homes on thousands of renters across England.

“The new Prime Minister and her government have a real opportunity to stop families from being pushed into homelessness, by ensuring the support available for struggling families reflects the sky high cost of private renting.

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“But ultimately, to address the root causes of our housing crisis the government must make a decisive commitment to build homes that people on ordinary incomes can actually afford to rent or buy.”

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