Families struggle to afford housing

For Sale signs around Harrogate.
For Sale signs around Harrogate.

Families in Harrogate trying to earn enough money for a house would have to more than double their income (£20,275 on average in 2012) to be able to afford the rising cost of homes in the area, according to figures released by housing charity Shelter this week.

Yorkshire Housing chief executive Mervyn Jones said: “In the Harrogate District there are 2,500 people on the waiting list for social rent properties and there are many more people living in unsuitable properties or with parents because they can’t afford to rent or buy a home to meet their needs.

“Help to Buy is helping some buyers onto the property ladder but it does not address the root of the problem – lack of supply of houses which pushes up prices of rentals and private ownership homes.”

With a difference of £25,112 between actual earnings and housing-inflated earnings, Harrogate is the worst affected district in Yorkshire.

Shelter chief executive Campbell Robb said: “Politicians need to start meeting people halfway by committing to bold solutions that will get more affordable homes built. Otherwise future generations will find themselves priced out of a stable home, however hard they work.”