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Scarborough Borough In 'Housing Crisis'


Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 10:48am 23rd March 2018. (Updated at 2:41pm 23rd March 2018)

A worker in Scarborough on average earnings would need a 79% pay rise to afford a mortgage in the borough.

That's according to a new report from the National Housing Federation. The Yorkshire and Humber Home Truths 2017/18 report reveals the average home now costs around £166,762 in the Scarborough local authority.

The report also reveals:

  • The cost of renting privately has added pressure on people's income. Average monthly rents now stand at £495 swallowing up around 28% of private renters' income
  • 18% of Housing Benefit recipients are in work, yet are still unable to afford their rent. This is lower than the England average. This shows rents across the region are increasingly unaffordable
  • The reason for the growing crisis is down to a large shortfall of new housing. Between 2012 and 2016, around n/a too few homes were built in Scarborough

In Yorkshire and the Humber, housing associations delivered over 2,000 new affordable and market-priced homes homes and started a further 2,557 in 2016/17.

Sharon Squires, External Affairs manager for the National Housing Federation said:

"The housing market has seen a relentless rise in the gap between house prices and people's salaries.

Scarborough is no exception. Attaining a mortgage is increasingly unrealistic and private sector rents make saving up that bit more difficult. 

As this year's Home Truths report shows, it is more important than ever for the sector to be able to deliver homes that are truly affordable.

If we want to get serious about ending the housing crisis, we need to start looking at unlocking more land so we can build homes faster."

Robert Goodwill is the MP for Scarborough and Whitby, he added:

"I think this report is perhaps deliberately distorting some of the figures. They've said the average worker needs a 79% pay rise to afford a mortgage on the average house.

Well, generally, when people are starting out in life together it's a couple. So two people together can afford a mortgage on these sorts of properties.

The majority of people buying houses as a couple can buy the average home and indeed there are nice properties available, nice flats in Scarborough available for around £100,000 which is within the reach of most working couples."

Listen to more from Robert here:

Listen to what Councillor Bill Chatt had to say about the issue here:


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