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Thousands of households 'at risk of eviction'

Housing charity shelter has warned that more than 4,000 households in the UK are facing eviction from the homes they own or rent every week.Over 215,000 repossession notices have been served on people since April last year, the charity says, highlighting the shortage of affordable homes. The research also reveals the places around the country in which people are at the most risk of losing their homes.Newham in London tops the list, where one in 34 households have had repossession claims made against them in the past year. The top 14 locations are all parts of the capital.Outside London, Nottingham tops the list of areas where repossession is highest, with one in 54 households affected. Further north, Salford is badly affected, with one in 60 at risk of being evicted.The charity claims it is taking 480 calls each day from people struggling to stay in their homes and is advising those most at risk to seek advice as early as possible.Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, described the figures as "staggering"."People are hearing that the economy is recovering, but we're seeing the reality that many families across the country are still battling to keep their heads above water and keep their homes," he added. "Just one thing such as a job loss or serious illness can tip any of us in to a downward spiral that puts our home at risk."However, housing minister Kris Hopkins claims repossession rates are falling and were at their lowest for a decade during the last quarter. He advised people who think they may be at risk of eviction to speak to their lender as soon as they can to ensure they have as many options as possible open to them.The government says the rate of housebuilding by councils is now at a 23-year high and claims its Help to Buy policy is addressing the shortage of new homes by providing an incentive to build. 

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