Benefit tales

The number of people forcibly evicted from their homes in England and Wales after court action, has reached the highest level since records began in 2000.

The Ministry of Justice attributed this to low interest rates and a “proactive approach from lenders in managing consumers in financial difficulty”. The first part of the re-possession process, landlord possession claims, reached 170,451 last year – its highest level since 2004. Meanwhile, the number of homes repossessed by mortgage lenders at the end of last year was the lowest in a decade.

53-year-old Andrew from Dover, who withheld his last name, was evicted in November last year. He told the BBC that he was…

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