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20% of UK households home to children sharing bedrooms

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing

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Children are sharing bedrooms in 20% of UK households, new research has revealed.

According to Post Office Mortgage’s 'Step-up' report, in 9% of homes in which children are bedroom-sharing a lack of space is the cause.

The report also reveals that the average size of a UK home has decreased dramatically over the last 90 years, from 1,647 sq ft to 925 sq ft.

Over half (58%) of the parents polled wish their children had bigger rooms in which to study and play, and 63% would like to move in to a bigger house.

However, the report says that aspiring movers can expect to wait an average of four years before they will be able to upsize, while 30% doubt they will ever be able to move up the ladder due to finance problems or other commitments.

Almost a third (31%) of adults said they are willing to take a smaller room than their children; with 49% of those with children aged between one and three happy to do so.

John Willcock, head of mortgages at Post Office, said: “With the average house size continuing to shrink, and with many family homes often lacking a garden, it’s hardly surprising that so many of us are concerned about this lack of space and the impact it will have on our children.

“Unfortunately, the reality of the situation means a lot of families feel like they’re letting their children down by not being able to provide them with their own room, or playroom where they can study or play. As a result a number of parents are making sacrifices and giving up larger rooms in the home to children.

“For those people considering moving and upsizing, it’s important to be clear on what you can afford, and therefore, which mortgage deal will best meet your needs. While not having enough space might be frustrating, it’s far better than over-stretching yourself financially. You should also take into account the needs and priorities of your family when looking for a new home and consider what comes top of the list, be it location, more space or proximity to good schools.”

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