‘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).