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Thousands stuck living with mum and dad

Renting or buying is out of reach for thousands of young people in Leeds,
Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Renting or buying is out of reach for thousands of young people in Leeds, Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

ALMOST 24,000 young Leeds adults are stuck living with their parents because they cannot afford to rent or buy their own home, a new study has revealed.

The charity Shelter said the crippling cost of housing has left thousands of young adults trapped in their childhood bedrooms.

In Leeds, 18 per cent of working adults aged between 20 and 34 are still living with their parents, and across the country, almost 2 million are in the same position.

In Yorkshire, Ryedale, Craven and the East Riding are the worst areas, where almost of third of young adults are stuck at home.

A survey commissioned by Shelter also found that nearly half young adults who live with their parents said they do so because they cannot afford to rent or buy their own home.

Shelter’s chief executive Campbell Robb, said: “The ‘clipped wing generation’ are finding themselves with no choice but to remain living with mum and dad well into adulthood, as they struggle to find a home of their own.

“Rather than pumping more money into schemes like Help to Buy, we need bolder action that will 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.”

Last week Leeds Council announced it had won more than £8m in funding from the Homes and Communities Agency, which, with £40m from Council funds, will be used to build 300 new affordable homes and bring 100 empty houses back into use.

Coun Peter Gruen, the council’s executive member for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel said: “We know that it has become increasingly hard for young people to find their own accommodation in recent years, as Shelter have identified. Leeds City Council is determined to try to improve the situation.

“Work has already begun on our Council housing growth scheme, the largest Council housing building scheme in Leeds in a generation.

“We also have a commitment to delivering more affordable accommodation by bringing empty properties back into use, expanding our portfolio of accommodation and encouraging responsible private landlords.”

 

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