Posts tagged "demographics"

Nicola Hughes
Nicola Hughes

By Nicola Hughes

Big houses and baby boomers

Baby boomers have had a bit of an image problem lately. The ‘boomer’ generation born in the post-war period is (by and large) prospering after a prolonged period of economic growth (data geeks might want to refer to this (£) fascinating graph by the FT).

Younger generations, meanwhile, are increasingly fed up: fewer good jobs and pensions, and an unaffordable housing market that holds them back.*

It’s almost universally acknowledged that soaring house prices played a major role … MORE...

Robbie de Santos
Robbie de Santos

By Robbie de Santos

NewBuy: what’s the alternative?

As the hype around the government’s NewBuy scheme rumbles on, it’s worth pausing for a moment to contemplate why owning a home is such a national obsession, and consequently, why politicians always look to home ownership when they want to deliver a package that plays to the aspirations of Middle England.

To my mind, the real question is: what is the alternative to owning a home? For an increasing number of middle-income families their only option is to rent … MORE...

Nicola Hughes
Nicola Hughes

By Nicola Hughes

Held back by housing

A week tomorrow, the Chancellor will unveil the country’s budget, and no doubt George Osborne will be thinking about ways to help out the ‘squeezed middle’. This group, made up of people on less than average wages but not the very poorest, has become a hot political topic.

Housing must be a key part of this debate. The idea of being stuck in the middle is a depressingly familiar story when you think about housing. Want to … MORE...

Robbie de Santos
Robbie de Santos

By Robbie de Santos

London: the first to wake up to private renting?

The growth of the private rented sector and the changing demographics of people who rent from a private landlord are widely considered to be the most significant changes in the housing market in recent decades.

Almost every time I look at the national picture through the government’s English Housing Survey I find another angle that sheds further light on the growth of the sector. Most recently I realised that there were 400,000 additional households with children in the private in … MORE...