Lonely Generation Rent do not feel part of their communities ONS finds

first_img“A given renter is more likely to be newer to the area than a homeowner, so they won’t have those local connections and they won’t have relationships with other people in the local area. “That reflects both the flexibility of the rented sector and the lack of security, which creates this churn, because of rents going up and landlords taking back their property, or ending a tenancy early. “People are likely to be caught up in that and finding themselves in a new home and a new neighbourhood with people, often sharing with people they don’t know very well. That all adds up to it being quite isolating.”He said plans to explore incentives for longer tenancies, which were announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in last year’s autumn Budget, could help fix the problem. Figures published earlier this year by think-tank the Institute of Fiscal Studies found that just one in four of those born in the late 1980s owned their own home at 27, compared with one in three born in the early 1980s and 43 per cent of those born a decade earlier. Women felt lonely more often than men, with just over half saying they felt lonely occasionally or more often, compared to 40 per cent of men.  Being unable to get onto the housing ladder is creating a generation of lonely young people who do not feel part of their communities, an Office for National Statistics report has found. The ONS identified “younger renters with little trust and sense of belonging to their area” as a group with a high risk of loneliness. It said this group, aged between 16 and 34, had little trust in their neighbours and did not have a strong sense of belonging in the area where they lived. Just one in four said “many” of the people they shared their neighbourhood with could be trusted, compared with an overall average of 45 per cent, while 55 per cent said they belonged in their neighbourhood “not very strongly” or “not at all”, compared with 38 per cent overall. Of the people in this group, 61 per cent said they felt lonely occasionally, or more often, compared with 46 per cent overall. Almost one in ten renters reported feeling lonely often or always, compared to less than four per cent of homeowners. Dan Wilson-Craw, of Generation Rent, which campaigns on behalf of renters, said: “This is what we’d expect from a rented sector where renters are moving frequently. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Being single or widowed was also a risk factor, with the least lonely group named as married homeowners, in good health, who were living with others.  Experts also called for more support to help people form stable relationships.Chris Sherwood, chief executive at charity Relate said: “Although being in a relationship is not a guarantee against loneliness, the statistics indicate that people living alone are at greater risk.  “This suggests that supporting couple relationships and reducing relationship breakdown should form a key part of the government’s approach to preventing loneliness.”The figures suggested that financial insecurity and poor health are major drivers of loneliness, with another high-risk group identified as unmarried, middle-aged people with a long-term health condition, who were more likely than average to be renting, disabled and unemployed.  Also at risk were widowed people aged over 65, who were likely to be homeowners, living alone and coping with a long-term health condition. last_img read more

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