People living in fear of missing house payments

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Thousands of rent or mortgage payers across Yorkshire and the Humber fear they will be unable to make payments according to research.

Statistics from Shelter and YouGov paints a bleak picture for many this winter, with 56 per cent of rent or mortgage payers in the region revealing they are already struggling to keep up with their housing costs.

The charity is warning that ignoring money worries rather than seeking advice could lead to people’s home being put at risk.

The research also found 24 per cent of people in the region said they would feel too ashamed to ask for help if struggling with housing payments.

Shelter’s helpline adviser Nadeem Khan said: “Every day at Shelter we hear from people who are feeling overwhelmed by mounting rent or mortgage bills, as the increasing pressure of sky high housing costs continues to take its toll.

“Many have spent a long time thinking they have nowhere to turn and are often close to breaking point by the time they come to us. If you’re in this situation, it’s so important to remember you’re not alone and that help is available.

For free and independent advice from Shelter visit shelter.org.uk or call the helpline on 0808 800 4444