More people in Yorkshire are concerned about surging house prices than being stuck in negative equity, a report has found.

Consumer group the HomeOwners Alliance, which campaigns for property owners and people trying to get on the housing ladder, said its research shows that worries over high prices amid a scarcity of homes for people to choose from have become a “national issue”.

In Yorkshire, 39 per cent of people believe house prices are a very serious issue, 26 per cent consider negative equity is a very serious issue and 36 per cent think housing availability is a very serious issue.