Moving out of town – to buy or to rent
MORE needs to be done to help first-time buyers in Bucks, according to a youth campaigner.
Tom Pirouet, 22, who lives with his family in Chesham, believes it is extremely hard for young people to get on the housing ladder in Bucks.
“It’s dysfunctional, in a word. There’s no opportunity for young people to buy houses, people just can’t afford to do it.
“For first-time buyers you’re looking around the age of 32 to 35 when you can start thinking about buying a house in Bucks. We need more affordable housing and there also needs to be a subsidy for first-time buyers.
“People buying houses benefits everyone, not just the person buying the house. It also gets the economy moving and brings more people to the area,” said Mr Pirouet.
“Local government and national government need to do more in terms of subsidies.”
Although Mr Pirouet has not thought about buying a house, he has thought about renting, which he says is just as difficult.
He added: “I’ve thought about renting but in places like Aylesbury and High Wycombe because it’s cheaper. People are having to move away from the Chesham and Amersham areas to buy and rent houses.
“It’s not good news for first-time buyers in Buckinghamshire.”