Nearly two million working young adults aged between 20 and 34 years old in England are still living with their parents despite being in paid work. Newspapers call them the “clipped wing generation” because they are unable to start fully independent (on their own) lives. Rising house prices and rents, combined with (together with) low income (money that you get from work), are the main cause of the problem.
House prices are so high that many young people cannot afford to buy one, according to a research. A quarter of (One out of four; 1/4) young adults have to live with their parents or grandparents. Almost 50 per cent of people said the biggest problem was housing costs. Many young people in the U.K. usually move away from the family home when they start working. Rising house prices are now making this more difficult.
A young woman said she has been saving money for over ten years for a new apartment. She said it was very difficult because house prices keep going up. She is worried about the future. She told reporters she didn’t want to rent, saying: “If I move out (start to live on my own) now, I’ll be stuck (will be in a bad situation with no way out) paying expensive rents for the rest of my life. The thought that I’m going to be living [with my parents] like a teenager into my late 30s or even 40s is really disheartening.”
A charity company for homeless (with no home) people said that Britain needed to build more homes and sell them at a price that young people can afford. Now, Shelter (the name of the charity company) is urging (strongly asking for) stronger action from the government to help the “clipped wing generation” fly the nest (leave their parents).