The number of people being evicted from their rented homes has increased by almost 50 per cent since housing benefit cuts were introduced four years ago, it has been revealed.
Figures from the Ministry of Justice show that 10,361 households in England and Wales were repossessed by county court bailiffs between April and June this year – equivalent to more than 23,000 people. During the same period in 2011 there were 7,072 repossessions.
The MoJ report said the trend in repossessions by county court bailiffs appeared to be in contradiction to that seen in claims, orders and warrants – a situation it attributed to the time it takes for claims to be processed through to the repossession stage.
“The number of landlord possession claims peaked in January to March 2014 – as a result, the continuing increasing trend in repossessions is most likely due to those claims working their way through the system,” the report said.