Over the past few years, home ownership has become less affordable for young people in the UK. The Social Mobility Commission reported on the role of family support in home ownership in March 2017.
Trends in home ownership for first time buyers:
- The proportion of young people looking to own a home has fallen significantly in the UK over the past twenty years.
- Those that do become homeowners rely increasingly on borrowing from family.
- Young people are buying their first property later than previous generations , For example, while in 1990 39% of 20-24 year old purchased their own homes, only just over 10% managed to do so in 2015.
Recent patterns of parental or family help with home ownership:
- In England, the most popular form of financial help from family is a gift or loan from parents (34.1%) and the second most common form of help was inherited money, with 9.6%.
- Comparing first time buyers who receive and do not receive parental help, first time buyers in England receiving money or a loan from their parents could buy at a younger age than those who did not receive such help (with a difference of some 2.6 years).
Trends in parental help over the past two decades:
- Until recently, the proportion of first time buyers in England receiving money or loans from parents had increased from 20 to 30%. However, the current figure is 34.1%, an historic high.
In March 2016, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) published a short report (pdf) on how Britain’s EU membership has significantly improved the rights of women at work.
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Much of the Brexit debate has been on the single market and freedom of movement. Gender has been all but cleansed from the Brexit political and media discourse, with barely a mention of investment in women’s equality, the social infrastructure and the institutions that might guarantee progressive gains from gender mainstreaming.
In a March 2017 article for PolicyBristol, Sue Cohen looks at the advancement of women’s rights under EU law – and what the UK must do in order to achieve gender equality. Continue reading “PolicyBristol: Women’s rights gained under EU law must not be lost in Brexit”
As uncertainty looms over post-Brexit Britain, the Huffington Post published a March 2017 interview with Sam Smethers, Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society.
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In January 2017, the Scottish Women’s Convention (SWC) published a report on the impact of Brexit on Scottish women (pdf). This report followed a conference sharing concerns about Scotland’s place in Brexit negotiations. Continue reading “Scottish Women’s Convention report: the Impact of Brexit on Women in Scotland”
The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) published a December 2016 report on Brexit and women’s rights (pdf). The report explores the question ‘how do we work internationally to secure and advance women’s rights in the post referendum world?’
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In August 2016, Compass published an article on the gendered cost of Brexit.
Written by Malene Bratlie, BA Sociology student at the University of Greenwich, the article highlights the role of the European Court of Justice in making the EU more equal. Continue reading “Compass: the Gendered Cost of Brexit”