Over a quarter of younger Brits are still living with their parents

Harriet Green
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OVER a quarter of British adults between the ages of 20 and 34 were living with their parents last year, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Around 3.3m young people are living in their parental homes, a rise of 669,000 since 1996 even though the number of people in the age bracket is roughly the same, the figures showed.

Despite its disproportionately high house prices, London has one of the lowest proportions of young people staying at home, at 22 per cent.

The ONS suggested this was due to the influx of young people who come to the capital to work or study, and tend to live with housemates rather than family.

At 20 years old, 65 per cent of men and 52 per cent of women across the country were living at home in 2013. By the age of 34, eight per cent of men and three per cent of women were living with their parents.

Of those living in the family home 13 per cent are unemployed, more than twice the overall level of young people not in work.

“Unless we build more of the right homes at the right prices in the right areas, adult children will be stuck in their childhood bedrooms and parents will be unable to move on with their lives,” said National Housing Federation boss David Orr.