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Hyndburn MP Graham Jones invites minister to see ‘struggle’
11:00pm Friday 6th July 2012 in Accrington
AN East Lancashire MP has invited a government minister to his constituency to compare levels of affluence in the north and south.
Hyndburn MP Graham Jones said he had asked Andrew Stunell, the Communities and Local Government Minister, to visit the borough.
Mr Jones said he was becoming concerned as Hyndburn sees around 167 homes repossessed every year.
He said: “I think the Minister would be well served in coming to Hyndburn to see how people are struggling.
“Thirty per cent of people in Hyndburn are on the breadline.
“These are the very people for whom repayment is an issue, and precisely why Hyndburn has the 21st highest rate of home repossession in the UK.
“Mr Stunell said we should feel lucky to have this government because if we had the bond yields that they have in Greece, things would be a lot worse.
“Negative equity is a housing issue, but it is also a symptom of a lot of wider economic issues. If there are fewer jobs, the housing market suffers.”