Three homes at risk of being repossessed in Northampton every day

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Nearly three homes are at risk of being repossessed in Northampton every day, according to Government figures, making it one of the worst-hit areas in the East Midlands.

The research, based on data recorded by the Ministry of Justice, found that in the past year, more than 15,800 homes in the East Midlands were at risk of repossession, the equivalent of 43 every day.

Nottingham was found to be the worst in the region with 2,331 possession claims issued in county courts between July 2013 and June 2014.

In Northampton there were 952 issued.

It makes it the seventh highest area in the region, meaning one in every 70 rented or mortgaged homes were handed the warning in the past year, the first stage in a process which can end with the loss of a home.

The homelessness charity Shelter is warning that sky-high housing costs are pushing more families in the East Midlands to the brink.

Chief executive of Shelter, Campbell Robb, said: “A total of 43 households at risk of losing their home every day is 43 too many.

“Each one of these will have had their lives turned upside down by this experience, as they faced seeing their home, the foundation of their life, ripped away from underneath them.”

Mr Robb said Shelter was seeing a rise in people using its services, adding that many can become homeless after just “one change in circumstance”.

“We urgently need people’s support so we can help more people in the East Midlands avoid the nightmare of losing their home,” he added.