A recent survey commissioned by Shelter stated one in five 31-44 year olds who did not have children said they are delaying starting a family due to the lack of affordable housing. This 63% increase since 2009 has been put down to high property prices and the increase need for a larger deposit by mortgage lenders.
A quote from Shelter said,
‘It’s heartbreaking that so many people are being forced to put their lives on hold in this way. The Government has a responsibility to act now to ensure that today’s young people and the generation after them aren’t denied something as basic as a proper home to raise their children in.’
Netmums founder said,
‘One of the most basic requirements to raise a family is to have a family home, yet this is becoming increasingly unattainable for many people today. Sadly for a number of these, leaving it too late means they may never be able to have children. For others, it could mean both parents forced to work full time when their baby is tiny just to keep a roof over their heads.’
Shelter are calling on the Government to take steps to stop an entire generation being held back by the current housing market conditions.