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For more than a century, copper piping has been used in homes across the UK as a plumbing mainstay. But in the last 20 years, plastic piping has become more common - and is used by both plumbers and home DIY-ers.
The average UK house price has increased 106 times since 1966, according to Trussle, an internet mortgage broker. In the year England won the World Cup, the average British house price was £2,006. Today, the average is £211,000. Wages, meanwhile, have only risen at a third of that rate – from an average of £798 a year to £26,500.
Social Security Advisory Committee warns that under-25s living independently on benefits cannot afford living costs, limiting ability to take up work & education
UK non-profit housing associations have been dismayed by the news that US private equity firm Blackstone is investing in UK social housing. Blackstone has bought a 90pc stake in Sage Housing, a social housing provider that makes a profit from its activities. The National Housing Federation has objected to the move.
Huge sums of money set aside to tackle the UK's housing crisis has not yet been spent. More than £375m is sitting in councils' bank accounts, the Huffington Post reports. The majority of the money - £235m – is being held by just 14 councils. Southwark (Labour) is holding £52.6m, while Camden (also Labour) is holding on to £37.6m.
Home-ownership will elude one in three UK millennials, with many likely to remain in rented accommodation their entire lives, according to a report by the Resolution Foundation. It said around 14 million 20-35-year-olds would be affected, with half renting in their 40s. A third will be renting when they become pensioners.
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