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Kate criticises rip off housing costs in Trafford

Kate has highlighted shocking figures showing that Trafford is the most expensive borough for renters in the entire North West region.

Statistics from the Valuation Office Agency show that the borough of Trafford has the highest monthly private sector rent in the North West, with families forking out a whopping £902 per month for rent on average.

Renters in Trafford are paying over £300 more than the average renter in the North West who pays £592 per month.

This means that a family renting a property for a year in Trafford will typically have to find an additional £3,600 than if they rented elsewhere in the North West.

High housing costs in the borough also spell bad news for young local families looking to get onto the property ladder, according to the National Housebuilding Council. 

The income required for a mortgage in Trafford is by far the highest in the North West at £68,677. This is over £20,000 per year more than the North West average (£41,676) and even higher than the national average (£66,034).

With the average annual earnings in Trafford at £30,758, this means that a couple looking to buy their first home would both have to be earning above average to be able to afford a mortgage.

2016 research from housing charity Shelter showed that families earning the National Living Wage, can’t afford rent in Trafford.

Kate said, “It’s disgraceful that residents in my community typically pay so much more for rent than people elsewhere in our region.

“Having a roof over your head isn’t optional and it’s a real concern that Trafford families face these sky high costs for something as essential as housing. High rents round here are pushing local families into poverty.

“This government claims to be on the side of working people, but since 2010 we’ve lost over 100,000 affordable council homes across the country and private rents are, on average, over £1,600 per year more than six years ago. We simply can’t go on like this.

“I will do all I can to press the Council and the Government to build more affordable rented housing in Trafford.” 

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