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77% Of North Wales Youngsters Concerned About House Prices

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No doubt this is pretty much the scene around the whole of the UK but for many youngsters living in rural North Wales, the problem is exasperated by rich English incomers buying up the housing stock be it to live/retire in or as holiday homes. The fact that tiny huts on Abersoch beach on the Llyn Peninsula sell for near £100k says it all really.

Three quarters of young people worried about housing costs

Three quarters of young people worried about housing costs

25 August 2009

A lack of affordable housing has left many young people worried about how they will cope with the costs of renting or buying a home.

In a survey carried out by Shelter Cymru at the recent Wakestock festival in north Wales, 77 per cent of the young people questioned said that the cost of renting or buying a home was their biggest housing concern.

Respondents were also worried about the rising costs of bills, how they could afford a deposit, getting ripped off by unscrupulous landlords and the fear that high property costs coupled with few job opportunities would create a ‘vicious circle of homelessness and unemployment’.

Worryingly, nearly one in 10 respondents - mostly aged 16-30 - also said they had experienced some form of homelessness over the previous 18 months.

Wakestock was a really valuable opportunity for Shelter Cymru to talk to young people and find out more about their views on housing and homelessness.

It is clear that the recession, together with a historic shortage of affordable homes, has left many young people uncertain about where and how they are going to live in the years to come.

The fact that nearly a tenth of people we spoke to had experienced some form of homelessness is a source of great concern, especially as this seems to be the ‘hidden homelessness’ of sofa-surfing, which doesn’t show up in official statistics.

This is further evidence of the need for the Assembly Government to make a significant investment in affordable homes.

Wakestock is Europe’s largest wakeboarding and music festival. Shelter Cymru was its nominated charity for 2009, raising more than £5,000 to support its work to prevent homelessness.

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I agree that this is a particular problem for North, Mid and West Wales as the beautiful scenery brings lots of English people who have made their money in wealthier areas. It means that houses are completely unaffordable for local people as the average income levels are pretty low there and not only is it completely unfair and makes a lot of people unhappy but it also destroys the local culture and the Welsh language.

Land value tax would make a world of difference to Wales.

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