A popular think tank has concluded that the housing crisis is effectively ‘ghettoising’ younger people and families while isolating older homeowners in the suburbs of England and Wales.
According to the Intergenerational Foundation, whose mandate is to preserve the rights of younger people in policy-making, the number of locales with an average over-50 population has gone up sevenfold since 1991. The spike is being attributed to the number of young people moving into the cities.
It added that this trend has resulted in different generations leading separate lives.
The foundation analysed age-related segregation in local areas throughout England and Wales. It accessed population estimates from the last three census periods (1991, 2001 and 2011) along with data from 2014, to review how age-related segregation has changed over the years.
The think tank said that segregation usually resulted from housing-related problems and called for the following:
- More affordable homes for young people or those who want to downsize
- More rental homes to support larger-scale professional landlords
- Older homeowners to be given incentives to subdivide their properties
- Building on environmentally-deficit areas of the green belt
- Build upwards and create more shared spaces outside