Parental tenure and children’s housing
Coulter, R. (2015) Families and housing tenure in young adulthood: An ESRC-funded research project (November 2014-October 2017) [ONS LS]
Every summer a heated debate about housing inequality is prompted by the release of data on tenure trends gathered by the Department for Communities and Local Government's English Housing Survey. The figure below showing falling rates of homeownership and rising private renting usually attracts the bulk of the attention, with commentators concentrating on how young people today are finding it much harder than their parents to become homeowners (the trends in Figure 1.2 are especially pronounced if we only look at young adults rather than the whole population). This is thought to be creating inequality and tensions between the generations, leading to accusations that older people are 'hoarding housing' (Intergenerational Foundation, 2011) or the claim that the Baby Boomers 'took their children's future' (David Willetts in The Pinch, 2011). However, inequality between generations is not the only form of inequality that may be deepening as tenure patterns change...
Available online: Families and housing tenure in young adulthood: An ESRC-funded research project (November 2014-October 2017)
Output from project: 0301731