A home of her own, housing and women

Author: 

Women's Budget Group

Publication date: 

8th Jul 2019

Housing is one of the most urgent public policy issues in the UK . Our housing system is in crisis and the causes and impacts of that crisis are gendered. The report A home of her own, women and housing shows that housing is unaffordable for women in every English region. 

Read the full report here 

Read the executive summary here

You can find the slides from the launch event here.

For renters

  • There is no region in England where the average home to rent is affordable for a woman on median earnings.
  • The average home to rent is affordable for men on median earnings in every region except London and the South East.
  • Across England as a whole average rents take 43% of women’s median earnings and 28% of men’s.

When buying a house

  • Women need over 12 times their annual salaries to be able to buy a home in England, while men need just over eight times.
  • The worst regions in housing buying affordability for women (and men) are London and the South East, where women need nearly 18 times and 16 times their annual earnings to afford a house (respectively).
  • The regions with the widest gap in affordability between women and men are the South East and the East. This is where the gender pay gap (as measured by gross annual earnings of full time and part time workers) is the largest.

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