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UK housing crisis deepening

5 May 2015 22:22


A new research study shows that a first-time buyer should to earn £77,000 a year to be able to buy a home in London.

According to a study by KPMG, the annual wage of nearly £77,000 that a first-time buyer needs to get on the housing ladder compare with the average annual wage in the capital of just £27,999.

Across the UK, a first-time buyer should earn a minimum income of £40,553 to become a homeowner, while an annual average wage in the UK is £22,044.

“It simply telling us something that we already know that if you are making an average salary, you don’t have rich parents or an inheritance the chances are in 2015, you will never own your own property, It also means that those who are under the age of 60 will also find it almost impossible to become home owners because frankly who do you know in their twenties and thirties and maybe early forties who make that kind of money legally,” Amina Taylor, Press TV Correspondent in London said on Tuesday.
Last month, a YouGov survey indicated that half of British parents see no chance for their children to own a home without money from inheritance.

According to the research, about 49% of Britons believe their children will need money from them to get on the property ladder.

The poll also indicated that one in six people aged 25 to 34 who own a home used inheritance from a relative to buy property.

Just one in twenty over 55s using inheritance to buy their first home, the study shows – highlighting the uphill struggle of younger generations.

Meanwhile, the English Housing Survey has revealed that home ownership among 25 to 34-year-olds has fallen sharply in recent years.

According to the study, home ownership among young adults has fallen from 59 per cent in 2003 to 36 per cent in 2013, showing that cash-strapped workers are forced to rent for longer.

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