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New survey reveals hundreds of thousands of Scottish adults struggling to pay rent or mortgage costs

New analysis has revealed that hundreds of thousands of people in Scotland are struggling with their housing costs.

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As 2020 begins, new analysis has revealed that hundreds of thousands of people in Scotland are struggling with their housing costs.

Research by YouGov for Shelter Scotland last month found that 11% of mortgage holders/renters in Scotland – equivalent to nearly 180,000 households – were already struggling to pay their rent or mortgage and couldn’t afford any increase, while 14% would struggle to afford a modest rise of up to £25 per month.

The research also found that 28% of respondents were worried or very worried about paying their rent or mortgage during 2020.

Analysis by Shelter Scotland shows that one household was made homeless every 17.5 minutes in Scotland last year, with nearly 11,000 households forced to live in temporary accommodation, including more than 14,000 children.

Shelter Scotland is warning that ignoring money worries, rather than seeking advice, could lead to people’s homes being put at risk. Last year, the charity helped tens of thousands of people via its free national helpline, digital chat and online advice – with many of them needing advice on keeping their home. The charity said its advisers are on-hand to help anyone worried about paying their housing costs, at risk of homelessness or struggling with bad housing.

Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland, said: “These figures reveal the stark reality faced by hundreds of thousands of people in Scotland who enter 2020 already struggling to pay their rent or mortgage and many thousands more saying they would struggle with even a modest rise on those costs.

“Austerity, welfare cut, stagnant wages, job insecurity and the high cost of housing are making it harder for people to make ends meet and plan for the future. It is a national disgrace that, in 21st Century Scotland, so many people should still have to struggle and worry about the basic right of keeping a roof over their heads.

“Help is available. Don’t bury your head in the sand, speak to one of our advisers who can help you put a plan in place.”

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