New research shows huge fall in home ownership in England, not just London

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Home ownership in England has fallen to a 30 year low with cities in the north of the country worst hit by lower number of people owning their own home, according to new research. Greater Manchester, South and West Yorkshire and the West Midlands Metropolitan area have seen double digit falls in home ownership since their early 2000s peak, the analysis report from think tank the Resolution Foundation. The analysis shows that having peaked at 71% in 2003, the proportion of people owning their own home across England has fallen steadily over the last decade by 8% and suggests that the widely reported increase in home ownership in 2014 was likely a blip to correct a sharp fall the year before, rather than a welcome reversal of a long standing trend. The Foundation says that while much of the discussion around the struggle to buy a home has centred on London, Greater Manchester has actually recorded the sharpest fall in home ownership of any major city area in the last decade or so. In 2003 some 72% of households living in Greater Manchester were owners, slightly above the average across England as a whole. However, home ownership has since plummeted by 14%, almost twice as fast as it has in England and a whole, and by last year just 58% of households living in Manchester owned their own home. The Foundation notes that people living in Greater Manchester are no more likely to own a home than people living in Outer London, and that home ownership rates have fallen below all other big northern city areas apart from Tyne and Wear. It says falling deposit affordability has played a major role in this trend. The Foundation warns however that plummeting home ownership isn’t confined to Greater Manchester. It notes that Outer London, South and West Yorkshire, and the West Midlands Metropolitan Area have also experienced double digit falls in home ownership since the early 2000s. This fall in home ownership has corresponded with a near doubling in the proportion of private renters across England, up from 11% in 2003 to 19% in 2015. The proportion of households renting privately in Greater Manchester has more than trebled over that period, from 6% to 20%, while Outer London and West Yorkshire have also reported double digit growth. The Foundation says that the shift from home ownership to private renting, which is taking place throughout England, particularly among young people, is concerning for a number of reasons. It notes that households in the private rented sector spend a far higher share of their income on housing than those who own with a mortgage, 30% compared to 23%, helping to explain the fact that the share of income that households spend on housing across the UK has increased by around a quarter since 2003 and by around a third in the North West. Renters are also more likely to face the greater insecurity associated with short term contracts,… Taylor Scott International

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