Survey finds 3 in 5 under-45s are on hold because of housing crisis

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9th June 2016 17:52 - Housing

A recent survey has revealed that 3 in 5, or 59 per cent, of Brits aged between 18 and 44 said that they have been forced to put their life plans on hold as a result of the housing crisis.Survey finds 3 in 5 under-45s are on hold because of housing crisis

The research, conducted by housing charity, Shelter, revealed that important life milestones are being postpones as a result of the housing problems, such as retirement, children and progressing in their career.

The charity’s research spoke to 6,254 British adults who were under 45 and over the age of 18. Of the sample, 1,629 respondents were aged between 18 and 44 and either married, co-habiting, in a civil partnership or in a relationship but not currently living together. The survey was conducted as part of the Great Home Debate. The survey was conducted in May 2016 and was weighted in line with all Great British adults.

According to the survey, the shortage of houses is negatively affecting how millions of British people are living their lives and ultimately pushing back the age they are when they hit traditional life milestones, such as starting a family, relationships and retirement.

Of the respondents 1 in 5, or 20 per cent, said that the housing shortage was a key factor in pushing back people’s careers, with this portion having experienced or expected a delay in finding job opportunities. A further 1 in 9, or 11 per cent, said that they felt that retirement is slipping further out of reach, with this percentage saying that it was going to be delayed as a result of the housing crisis.

As well as this, 1 in 6, or 16 per cent, of the respondents in a relationship said that they had pushed back on getting married (or anticipated to do so) as a result of the lack of houses. A further 1 in 5, or 22 per cent, said that they have or are going to postpone having children for the same reason.

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