Warning as people forced to rent
New figures show how a lack of affordable housing in Bath is forcing more people to rent in the city.
Last year's census figures, which were released this week, show that 32 per cent of the 73,500 households in Bath and north east Somerset lived in a property which they had bought with a loan, compared to 37 per cent a decade earlier.
At the same time the proportion of households renting from a private landlord or letting agency had risen from ten per cent in 2001 to 15.5 per cent last year.
It has sparked warnings that the housing market is "broken", reflecting a growing trend among young people and families who are unable to get a foot on the property ladder.
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If the current pattern continues, the next generation will bring up their families in insecure rented properties or at home with their parents, according to the housing charity Shelter.
Campbell Robb, the charity's chief executive, said: "The Government has got to get a grip on this situation now; otherwise the chances of the next generation getting an affordable home look increasingly bleak."
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