Boomerang gen­er­a­tion sees 3.5m still at home

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Steve Doughty So­cial Af­fairs Correspond­ent

MORE than a quar­ter of young peo­ple have never moved out of their fam­ily home, of­fi­cial fig­ures show.

Many of the 3.5mil­lion go back to liv­ing with their par­ents after univer­sity due to the high cost of set­ting up on their own – a phe­nom­e­non which has seen them dubbed the ‘boomerang’ gen­er­a­tion.

The num­ber of those aged 20 to 34 re­sid­ing at their fam­ily home has soared in the last two decades. In 1999, the fig­ure was 2.4mil­lion, mean­ing a rise of 46 per cent.

It is a trend strength­ened by young peo­ple de­lay­ing mar­riage and chil­dren un­til they are over 30 or putting off for­mal­is­ing their re­la­tion­ships with part­ners.

De­cid­ing to stay in ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing for longer could also be a fac­tor, ac­cord­ing to the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics.

Its re­port said: ‘Over the last two decades, there has been a 46.3 per cent in­crease in the num­ber of peo­ple aged 20 to 34 liv­ing with their par­ents, in­creas­ing from 2.4mil­lion in 1999 to 3.5mil­lion in 2019.

‘This is equiv­a­lent to more than a quar­ter of young adults of the same age group liv­ing with par­ents in 2019. This num­ber has not changed sig­nif­i­cantly since 2018.’

The num­ber of young peo­ple liv­ing with their par­ents past the age

‘Par­ents can lose feel­ings of con­trol’

of 30 has gone up fastest in Lon­don, where hous­ing costs are high­est.

More sons than daugh­ters are stay­ing at home, the fig­ures re­veal. The 3.5mil­lion to­tal is made up of 2.14mil­lion men in their 20s and 30s, but just 1.35mil­lion women.

Last year re­searchers warned that par­ents could miss out on en­joy­ing a new lease of life if their chil­dren fail to leave home.

Aca­demics at the Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics said they can suf­fer a loss of ‘feel­ings of con­trol, au­ton­omy, plea­sure and self-re­al­i­sa­tion in ev­ery­day life’.

This has ‘a sub­stan­tial ef­fect on qual­ity of life sim­i­lar to de­vel­op­ing an age-re­lated dis­abil­ity, such as dif­fi­cul­ties with walk­ing’.

The ONS fig­ures come from the Labour Force Sur­vey which in­ter­views 300,000 peo­ple each year.

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