Soaring rents and house prices have left more working people claiming housing benefit just to keep a roof over their heads.
The South West region, which includes Gloucester, has seen a 108 per cent increase in the number of work people claiming the benefit since 2009.
Adding to the strain, private rents and house prices are predicted to rise by 40 per cent and 33 per cent respectively by 2020.
Catherine Brabner, south west external affairs manager for the National Housing Federation, said: “We hear a lot about ‘making work pay’, but a decent job won’t even cover the cost of a home in the region and the situation looks set to get even worse.
“Hard-working families are spending more and more of their income on a home and many could be forced to move away.”