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Which young families rent privately in England and Wales and how has this changed over time?

last modified Nov 04, 2016 09:04 AM
Research finds deepening socioeconomic divisions in the housing position of young families.

New research published in the journal Housing, Theory and Society examines how the housing position of young families from different socioeconomic groups changed between 2001 and 2011.

There were two main findings:

1. The proportion of young families headed by someone aged 25-34 who were renting privately grew dramatically from 11.1% in 2001 to 27.6% in 2011. This increase was matched by a near equivalent fall in owner-occupation.

2. There has been a particularly rapid increase in private renting among young families employed in routine or manual occupations. Less occupationally advantaged young people with children were disproportionately channelled into the private rental sector during the study decade.

The study argues that increasing housing disparities between young people from different socioeconomic groups may thus be as much a feature of “Generation Rent” as deepening divides between generations.

The paper is available here and from the Publications webpage.