Updated: Apr 6
"Stay at home, they say, even if your homes are unsafe."
Housing is a basic need, but it is so vital that people feel safe and secure in their homes. It is, after all, the place that most of us have spent the last year confined in.
The burning injustice that so many people are facing due to years of neglect, corner-cutting and downright corruption; especially at a time where most of us would probably appreciate, now more than ever, the feeling of safety and functionality, is emblematic of this government’s inability to stand up and protect people who are at their most vulnerable.
The difficulties of being able to get onto the property ladder now cause a great deal of worry for so many young people. The average house price according to ONS figures (here) stands at £249,000 – an increase of £17,000 from the previous year – and yet the average salary is £29,800. Paired with the fact that the number of new homes needed in England is 345,000 per year, yet in 2019/20; the total housing stock in England increased by only around 244,000 homes (here).
Young people are forced to face a host of such unrealistic challenges to get onto the property ladder as it is. Since the pandemic began, of the 693,000 payroll jobs that have disappeared nearly two-thirds of the fall in the number of employees has been among the under-25s.