Why a quarter of Bradford's working adults aged 20 to 34 are still living with parents

Why a quarter of Bradford's working adults aged 20 to 34 are still living with parents

Kris Brewster, Skipton’s Head of Products

First-time buyers Vicky Bradley and Paul Whitlock

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Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

THEY are referred to as the 'clipped wing generation.'

Young people who are eager to fly the nest are finding they are having to stay put because they cannot afford to rent or buy their own home.

New research from the homeless charity, Shelter, found that a lack of affordable housing was the single biggest reason so many young adults are unable to leave home.

Currently a quarter of all 20 to 34 year old working adults in England - 1.97 million people - are living with their parents.

According to the poll, over half of working young adults worry that living in the family home is holding them back from leading an independent life.

The latest Government figures show average house prices for the first-time buyers in the UK have risen by 11.3 per cent in a year.

Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, says: "The 'clipped wing generation' are finding themselves with no choice but to remain living with mum and dad well into adulthood. And those who aren't lucky enough to have this option face a lifetime of unstable, expensive private renting.

"The Government knows that the only way to turn the tide of the housing shortage is to fill the gap between the homes we have and the homes we need. Bolder action is needed to meet the demand for affordable homes and not inflate prices further. Politicians of all parties must now put stable homes for the next generation at the top of the agenda."

Circumstances meant Vicky Bradley, a 21-year-old regulation and policy consultant and her partner Paul Whitlock, 28, an infrastructure operations analyst, lived with their parents until their 20s to enable them to save for their first home.

Vicky says while some young people may enjoy the benefits of having everything done at home, many young people do want to move out but are struggling to save for a deposit.

"We didn't want to move out without having savings because we knew you couldn't save as much when living in your own home as when living at home. It was important we had the back-up there so when we were ready to buy we already had that. Had we not done that it would have taken three or four years to save the money," says Vicky.

Says Paul: "I lived with my parents until I was 22. I never went to uni so between these ages I was working and earning money. There were no plans for me to move out up until that age because I wasn't interested in saving."

He admits he was 'financially immature' and, like a lot of young people could find other things to spend his money on. He also considered the cost of such a commitment and the financial sacrifice he would have to make.

"The worry was also there that I didn’t know what I wanted to do, what direction I wanted to go in. I worried that if I made such a large commitment and something happened – I lost a job, wanted to go back into education etc, then it could limit my options or get me into debt, something like that."

Eventually he rented a house but circumstances, such as losing his job, forced him to move back in with his parents at the age of 25.

"If I hadn't moved back in with my parents, re-assessed and made the commitment to save like mad then I think we would still be at least a couple of years away from being in our own home."

Kris Brewster, Head of Products at Skipton Building Society, said: “It can be really tough for first time buyers of any age to get on to the property ladder. More and more people are living at home for longer or are forced to rent as their only alternative. But as a 161-year-old building society we still live to our founding mutual ethos of providing solutions to would-be homeowners, including first time buyers like Vicky.

“In fact, for the first six months of this year Skipton Building Society helped 2,247 first time buyers get the keys to their first home. This is something we’re proud of, and we work hard to ensure more young people can save up for, afford and get the keys to their dream home.”

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4:01pm Mon 11 Aug 14

BierleyBoy says...

An absolute non story.

Under the last Labour mob we had spiralling house prices that took properties out of the reach of many. To counter this we had irresponsible lending from the banks to keep the cycle of money going round.

Just what is the problem in having to save for a deposit to make the biggest buying decision of your life?

If you can't afford to buy & want to leave home, there's plenty of rented property to be had.

Is living with your family until your early 20's really such an issue?
An absolute non story. Under the last Labour mob we had spiralling house prices that took properties out of the reach of many. To counter this we had irresponsible lending from the banks to keep the cycle of money going round. Just what is the problem in having to save for a deposit to make the biggest buying decision of your life? If you can't afford to buy & want to leave home, there's plenty of rented property to be had. Is living with your family until your early 20's really such an issue? BierleyBoy
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4:03pm Mon 11 Aug 14

linebacker2 says...

Property in Britain is expensive largely because planning laws are too rigid. Loosening the tourniquet that is the green belt would be a good start..
Property in Britain is expensive largely because planning laws are too rigid. Loosening the tourniquet that is the green belt would be a good start.. linebacker2
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9:06am Tue 12 Aug 14

A650 says...

No it wouldn't.
No it wouldn't. A650
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6:38pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Brad14 says...

BrierleyBoy - I'm sorry but i do not agree. I am 22 and have recently purchased my first home. You say that for people who cannot afford to buy but want to leave home then they should rent. People who rent are paying someone elses mortgage + profit. For example, last year i rented a property and now i have a mortgage, my mortgage payment is £25 less than my rent was, for a larger property, that i own. Renting is not advice i would want to give my children, would you?. In terms of living with your parents in your 20s...i am in my twenties, and similar to me, most people in their twenties want independence, fun and to be in charge of their own life. Something not most people can do under the house rules of mum and dad. People in their twenties want the privacy to be able to have one night stands and partys with their friends without the authorisation from mum and dad. Saving money may be easy for some people, but for others its a brand new experience at a very young age!
BrierleyBoy - I'm sorry but i do not agree. I am 22 and have recently purchased my first home. You say that for people who cannot afford to buy but want to leave home then they should rent. People who rent are paying someone elses mortgage + profit. For example, last year i rented a property and now i have a mortgage, my mortgage payment is £25 less than my rent was, for a larger property, that i own. Renting is not advice i would want to give my children, would you?. In terms of living with your parents in your 20s...i am in my twenties, and similar to me, most people in their twenties want independence, fun and to be in charge of their own life. Something not most people can do under the house rules of mum and dad. People in their twenties want the privacy to be able to have one night stands and partys with their friends without the authorisation from mum and dad. Saving money may be easy for some people, but for others its a brand new experience at a very young age! Brad14
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