Working-age adults spending more than a third of income on housing costs

Nearly half of people in the poorest fifth of the working-age population spend more than a third of their income (including Housing Benefit) on housing.

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Between 2004/05 and 2007/08 there was a steady rise in the proportion of income spent on housing by all income quintiles, although the smallest increase was found for the richest fifth of the working-age population. The proportion of people in the poorest fifth of the working-age population who spend more than a third of their income (including Housing Benefit) on housing costs has risen from 39% in 1994/95 to 47% in 2017/18. In contrast, only 3% of the richest fifth of the working-age population spent more than a third of their income on housing costs in 2017/18, which has barely changed from 1994/95. Other income groups have seen a steady increase in the proportion of working-age adults spending more than a third of their income on housing costs since the early 2000s.