A new report shows that Luton is the third highest postcode area in the country for the number of court-ordered house repossessions.
The analysis, by chartered surveyors e.surv, showed there were 27 repossessions per 10,000 households in the second half of 2011 in the LU postcode – much higher than the national average of 15.
Luton also bucks a national trend, being one of only three areas in the south that made it into the ‘top ten’.
Stephanie McAllister, from the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) in Luton, said: “We have seen an increase in clients attending the Bureau with possession proceedings for eviction.
“Since January 2012, more than 50 clients have presented with possession proceedings for owner-occupied properties and nearly 80 clients for rented.”
Luton South Labour MP Gavin Shuker said: “People are facing increasing unemployment, a higher cost of living and cuts to services which, with Government funding, had previously been able to help people in these terrible situations.
“This Government is failing the people of Luton.”
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