Research: The clipped wings generation

By: Liam Reynolds  Published: July 2014


Shelter commissioned exclusive tables from the Census 2011 and a YouGov survey of adults living at home with their parents. This was to better understand: (i) The exact locations where adults living at home with their parents is most common (ii) The main reasons that lie behind families living in this way. This adds rich detail to the national and regional statistics on adults living at home with their parents that are already published by the ONS. In common with the ONS, the new analysis focuses on people aged 20 – 34 years old, and this report particularly focuses on working people living in this way

Summary

The lack of affordable housing is by far the main reason that people aged 20 – 34 and in work give for living at home with their parents. Among this group 67% said housing affordability was a factor in their living arrangements, and nearly half (48%) said it was the one main factor. Less than three in ten working adults aged 20-34 and living at home with their parents say they want to live with them (27%) – meaning that for 73%, it is in no way a desired choice.

Over half of working adults aged 20 – 34 who live at home with their parents (52%) are worried that this is holding them back from having an independent life. The majority (75%) of young adults living at home with their parents were working. Of the 2.62 million people aged 20 - 34 that were living at home with their parents at the time of the 2011 Census, nearly 2 million (1.97 million) of these were working.

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