HOUSE prices are increasing in Barnsley at a faster rate than most other areas in Yorkshire and the Humber.

According to Land Registry figures, the average price of a home in the borough was £157,142 in April - a 2.9 per cent rise on the previous month.

Across Yorkshire and the Humber the average increase is 1.6 per cent, to £201,806, while the national average is a 1.1 per cent rise to £281,161.

Across a year, Barnsley has seen the fifth-highest growth among the region’s 21 local authorities, with the average house now £18,000 - or 12.6 per cent - more valuable.

First-time buyers in Barnsley spent an average of £139,000 on their property in April - £15,000 more than a year ago, and £38,000 more than in April 2017.

Former owner-occupiers paid £176,000 on average in April - 26.6 per cent more than first-time buyers.