Barbara Keeley MP


Barbara says Government is letting Salford people down on Housing and Jobs

house pictureA report by the charity Shelter shows that the number of home repossessions is rising sharply and that Salford is one of the areas of the country with people at highest risk of having their home repossessed.
Figures released by the Financial Services Authority show an increase in repossessions of 17% in the first quarter of 2011, after falling each quarter of 2010. Shelter's report put Salford 14th in the 65 areas of the country with the highest number of repossession orders. The research by Shelter also found a strong link between unemployment and rates of possession orders, with unemployment having risen at more than double the rate in areas like Salford, compared to the least at-risk areas. 
Barbara said:
“I am very concerned that Salford’s level of home repossessions has increased so much, it is very bad news for the families affected.
"In 2010, the level of home repossessions was falling nationally but the policies of the Conservative-led Government have led to this increase. There have been cuts in the support to families struggling to pay their mortgages and many thousands of people have lost their jobs due to the Government’s cuts, which have gone too far, too fast.”
“The research by Shelter has shown a strong link between levels of unemployment and repossession of homes. The Government is clearly letting people down on jobs and letting people down on housing. I call on the Government to think again about their reckless cuts, which are causing so much harm to families in Salford.”

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