Up to a third of young adults forced to live with parents due to housing shortage

Housing charity Shelter demands action as a third of people aged 20 to 34 in work are still living with parents in parts of the North East

Campbell Robb, Chief Executive of Shelter
Campbell Robb, Chief Executive of Shelter

Up to a third of younger adults in parts of the North East are still living with parents - and many say it’s because they can’t afford to buy or rent a home of their own.

The number of adults unable to fly the nest was revealed by housing charity Shelter, as it called on the Government and opposition parties to back policies for building more affordable homes.

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that 6,404 working people aged 20 to 34 in South Tyneside are living with parents, 33 per cent of the total.

In Sunderland, 12,110 working people aged 20 to 34 are living with parents, also 33 per cent.

In Northumberland the figure is 11,355 people, or 31 per cent.

The number in Newcastle is 8,598, or 19 per cent. Although this is lower than elsewhere it still means that almost one in five working people aged 20 to 34 in the city are living with parents.

Shelter argues that the figures highlight the need to build more affordable homes.

A separate survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of Shelter found that the single most common reason for living with parents was the cost of moving out, with 47% saying that they could not afford to rent.

And 35% said they were living with parents while they saved fro a mortgage deposit.

Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: “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 instead 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.”

Meanwhile, Labour has made the cost of housing a key issue for its summer campaign in the run up to the party conference next month.

The number of households in the North East is increasing faster than the number of new homes - and the region will face a “demand gap” of 41,800 homes by 2020 if nothing changes, according to Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds.

She said: “The only way to ensure more people can buy their own home, is to build many more homes. That is the litmus test of aspiration today.”

And she highlighted Labour’s proposals to make it protect people who rent houses from unfair charges and treatment, which include banning letting agent from charging tenants fees.

“We’ll act on unpredictable rent rises too by putting a ceiling on excessive rent rises during the period of these new longer-term tenancies,” she said.

Ministers highlighted the success of the Government’s Help to Buy scheme, which allows households to buy new-build homes with an equity loan of up to 20 per cent of the property’s price, or any home with a mortgage guarantee.

In the North East 1,690 homeowners have benefited from the equity loan scheme so far,

Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis said: “Housebuilding has increased to its highest level since 2007.

“Since the start of the scheme private housebuilding has shot up by a third and continues to climb. Developers are increasing their output, and taking on new workers at the fastest rate since records began.”

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