The Citizens Advice Bureau has warned that the UK is "on the edge of a serious housing crisis" after releasing data on the increase in cases it has dealt with relating to rent arrears and threatened homelessness.
– Gillian Guy, Citizens Advice Bureau Chief Executive,
There are simply not enough homes to meet need and the result is yet more pressure on household budgets.
...The emerging trend of increasing social housing arrears is extremely worrying.
Cases of arrears are up across every region of England, with the Midlands and parts of the North showing the starkest deterioration.
Prices which far outstrip incomes and the damaging impact of high food and energy bills make paying rent simply impossible for many people.
The charity said that the impact of welfare reform is "crucial" and said that recent reforms that have been "rushed in without a proper safety net in place".