A July survey of more than 8,000 UK adults carried out by the housing charity Shelter and YouGov has revealed that close to 40% of UK households are just one paycheck from potential homelessness.
The survey found that 37% of respondents would be unable to cover their housing costs for more than a month with almost a quarter of those surveyed saying that they would be unable to pay them at all if they lost their job.
Commenting on the survey findings, Tom Conner, Director of Drewberry, said, “This is another stark reminder of Britain’s two-speed economy. Beneath the veneer of middle-class prosperity, spiralling UK property prices are helping to create a crisis for lower income families.
“There are estimated to be over 16 million people in the UK with no savings at all, while more than a million people a year are now visiting their doctor due to stress related to housing and debt worries.
“This latest survey shows that more than a third of UK households are just one paycheck away from losing the roof over their heads. Perhaps more worrying still is the number of households that are at risk if they lose their next three pay checks.
“We clearly live in an age where we need to create our own safety nets. For most of us, this means that building up sensible savings and taking steps to protect our income is the only reliable way to prevent a sudden change of circumstances, such as losing a job or suffering ill health, from costing us our homes.”
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