Published: 23rd Mar 2020

The number of homeless households in Shropshire has soared by almost a quarter in the last two years, according to a new council report. The council’s cabinet are due to meet this week (26 March) to discuss the local authority’s draft housing strategy for 2020-2025, which reveals the number of homeless households in the county has increased by 24.5% in the last two years. According to the draft strategy, there were 1.9 homeless households per 1,000 in Shropshire in 2016-17, which rose to 2.4 in 2017-18. The report also highlights the ‘inability’ of households on average wages to buy homes in the county. In Shrewsbury, a household would need a mortgage 6.7 times their income to buy an average home, while in Owestry the figure is 5.4. The report also notes that the high cost of housing in the county ‘challenges the ability of essential workers’ to support and care … (To read the full article, subscribe below)