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Social Disparities in Private Renting Amongst Young Families in England and Wales, 2001-2011

Coulter, R; (2017) Social Disparities in Private Renting Amongst Young Families in England and Wales, 2001-2011. Housing, Theory and Society , 34 (3) pp. 297-322. 10.1080/14036096.2016.1242511. Green open access

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Abstract

In Britain, the proportion of young families living in the private rented sector (PRS) has risen sharply in recent years. There is mounting concern that this trend could be particularly pronounced amongst less advantaged young families, who may be disproportionately channelled into relatively costly, insecure and lower quality accommodation in the PRS by growing difficulties accessing other tenures. In consequence, this paper uses the Office for National Statistics Longitudinal Study of England and Wales to compare how family structure and socio-economic characteristics shaped rates of private renting amongst young adults heading families in 2001 and 2011. The results show that social disparities generally increased during this period as private renting expanded most rapidly amongst some types of lone parent and amongst young adults heading couple families with a less advantaged class position. Increasing housing inequalities between young people may thus be as much a feature of “Generation Rent” as deepening divides between generations.

Type: Article
Title: Social Disparities in Private Renting Amongst Young Families in England and Wales, 2001-2011
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/14036096.2016.1242511
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14036096.2016.1242511
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/Licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Families, Housing inequality, Private renting, Social class, Young adults
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1558452
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