Thursday, April 18, 2024

Number of Thurrock residents fearing they will be homeless nears 400

THE number of Thurrock households fearing they will be made homeless is 385 in the first quarter of this year – April to June.

John Kent Elm

“That would be bad enough if it was an annual figure – more than one a day – but it’s for just three months,” says Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Thurrock, John Kent.
The figure was revealed to Thurrock Council’s cabinet on Wednesday (10 October) in a report on corporate performance.

The first quarter figure is a “new key performance indicator” so there is no comparison figure for last year. The report added the council had “accepted” 50 homelessness cases in the same period.

John Kent said: “It’s a tragedy that even one family – and these are households, not individuals – should have to worry about being made homeless, let alone actually face living on the street.

“Housebuilding has fallen to its lowest level since the 1920s under this government and the previous one and rough sleeping rises every year.

“Rents, especially locally, have risen far faster than incomes, hitting the poorest hardest, and new, affordable housebuilding is at a 24-year low.”

He added: “The Labour Party is committed to build at least 100,000 council and housing association homes a year for genuinely affordable rent or sale by the end of the next Parliament.

“We will focus on tackling the housing crisis and ensure housing is about homes for the many, not investment opportunities for the few, and we will give councils new powers to build the homes local communities need … not the false promises of Teresa May.”


  1. People are unable to get on the housing ladder. It will only get much more unrealistic.

    Most of the sales in Grays over the past year were terraced properties which on average sold for £281,685. Flats had an average sold price of £192,602 and semi-detached properties averaged at £347,047.

    Grays, with an overall average price of £295,241 was cheaper than nearby Stifford Clays (£358,871), Chafford Hundred (£317,370) and North Stifford (£429,813).

    In the past year house prices in Grays were 3% up on the year before and 27% up on 2015 .

    Price £300000
    Deposit £30000
    Annual interest
    Repayment period
    25 Years
    Monthly repayment

    That’s £17000 a year out of wages on repayments. Average UK wage £ 27,200( 2017). So after paying just taxes alone. it leaves £21,878.68.
    £4.878.68. Is left after the interest payments. .
    Now take away Council Tax Band D £1,527.21.
    So basically you got £3.351.47
    £64 a week to live off.
    Without memtioning Electricity, Gas and Water Bills.

    If as expected the interest rates go up its only an un-responsible person who would take out a morgage. It’s financial Suicide.
    It’s a simple numbers game.

  2. Its not always about house prices alot of the time, albeit they are absurdly high.

    The big problem is the tenants don’t pay their bloody rent. That is more often than not the issue.

    They all have i phones and money for their phone bills and this takes priority over rent, bills and often their childrens welfare.

    If they choose not to pay the rent, give them a tent and thats it.

  3. I don’t know how any youngsters can afford a house these days,I couldn’t do it if I was just starting out.


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