Home ownership now little more than a pipe dream for public sector workers

  Owning a home has become virtually impossible for many public sector workers across Britain, according to research published today (Sunday) by UNISON. Getting a deposit together and obtaining a mortgage are often insurmountable hurdles for those living in the majority of local authority areas across England, Scotland and Wales, according to the findings. The UNISON report Priced Out highlights how saving the money for a down payment on a property would take decades – or more than a century for public sector staff in some parts of London. This is based on first-time buyers being able to save £100 every month for a deposit*. The research focused on the salaries for employees in five jobs ­– an NHS cleaner, teaching assistant, librarian, nurse and police community support officer (PCSO) **. It calculated what multiple of their annual income they would need to borrow for a mortgage once they had paid a deposit. Across all nine English regions, Wales, and Scotland, it would take a minimum of 14 years to save the required deposit for a first-time buyer property, and considerably longer if house prices continue to rise, says the report. However, in London it would take between 132 years (in Kensington and Chelsea) and 35 years (in Barking and Dagenham) to find the money, and 32 years to save the necessary deposit in the South East. Priced Out shows that an NHS ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - Category: UK Health Authors: Tags: News Press release dave prentis housing UNISON Source Type: news

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