More than half a million Britons are facing repossession or eviction from their homes, according to a new analysis from Shelter of possession claims served on households by the courts during the past year.

Despite the political rhetoric around economic recovery, the reality is that growing numbers of families are still set to struggle financially in the future, claim campaigners.

And with the majority of families already struggling every month with their housing costs and interest rates set to rise, many could soon hit danger levels, the housing charity warned.

These figures show just how many families go through the trauma of learning that their home is at risk... 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.

Campbell Robb, Shelter chief executive

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