How the housing affordability crisis is set to spread across England by 2020

Sentinel News

houseBy Chaminda Jayanetti

Parts of Yorkshire, the Midlands and Greater Manchester are set to join England’s housing affordability blackspots by 2020, according to research by Sentinel News.

The figures show that towns such as Sevenoaks in Kent and Maldon in Essex will join the familiar roll call of London boroughs in the list of unaffordable places to live by the end of the decade, unless the housing crisis is addressed.

But areas well beyond the capital’s expanding commuter belt – places such as Gedling, Craven and Trafford – will also become dramatically less affordable to the majority of people, according to our research.

The government published its latest England-wide data on housing affordability last week, showing that in 2015 the average house cost a hefty 7.5 times the average person’s annual earnings.

The figures ranged from Copeland in Cumbria, where the average house cost less than three times the average…

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