Women’s Budget Group report: A home of her own, housing and women

‘Our housing system is in crisis and the causes and impacts of that crisis are gendered’ says the July 2019 report from the Women’s Budget Group.

One of the knock-on effects of the gender pay gap is a gender gap in housing affordability. The report finds:

  • There is no region in England where the average home to rent is affordable for a woman on median earnings
  • Women need over 12 times their annual salaries to be able to buy a home in England, while men need just over eight times
  • Women make up 60% of housing benefit claimants and so are being disproportionately affected by these cuts
  • Single mothers are two-thirds (66%) of all statutory homeless families with children (they are just one quarter of all families with dependent children).

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