As a Londoner I was always aware that the city-scape was an expensive place to live. I did not think, however, that the current housing market would make it so difficult for people in their twenties/thirties to live independently that we would still be suckling on our parents for help. It is almost as though the ability to be independent has been destroyed; stripped from us and reducing us into needy hatchlings.
At 24 years old I am pretty overwhelmed by the state of society. I believe, from what I have heard, that this is what every generation harks: ‘What world have I been born into?’ ‘It seemed to be so much better back then!’
Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot to be happy with in the 21st century. London is booming with bars, jobs, creative pursuits, idle ways to spend ones time, green spaces, gyms, sanitation, health care – all you could want to thrive. Yet, it is missing the one crucial thing: a home. And I don’t mean London needs to build more flats, more metallic, towering sky-scrapers. No. I mean that more needs to be done to help young adults, people like myself, move out of their family homes.
For those friends of mine who do live in London and have fled the nest they are given support from their parents. How does that fare for people like myself, or people from lower class homes, whose parents cannot afford to do that? On £10 an hour how am I truly supposed to live in London? Is it right that myself and others who work incredibly hard have to run the risk of homelessness because companies just doesn’t give enough money for the living standards?
I feel strongly that there should be a government enforced measure that allows young adults desperate to leave home to be able to cope with the extortionate housing prices of London, whether that be by subsidising their rent until they have a better income (which, lets be honest, in London can take up to the age of 40), or by ensuring that deserted houses that are in squalor and currently used by squatters are converted into flats that are affordable for young-adult Londoner’s.
It is shocking that as a Londoner, and a hard-working one at that who does 12-hour shifts at Sky News, I cannot afford to live where I grew up; I cannot afford to live where I work. It is shocking that I have no choice but to live with my parents when, as an adult, I should be entitled to have freedom to grow and become independent.
This does not just apply to me. This applies to all who are struggling, trying to make a living, and need a safety need to pull them from the drowning waves of extortion we are seeing in London today.
It’s time for change!