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The huge increase highlights the struggle young people face as they try to get a foothold on the housing ladder. According to the Government's English Housing Survey, 32.3 per cent of first-time buyers were aged 35 and over between 2008 and 2011. Of
Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Those who rent pay out over twice as much of their income on their accommodation than homeowners spend on a mortgage, new figures reveal, a financial penalty for a generation unable to buy a home, say charities .
Results from the English Housing Survey show the private rented sector is booming as more would-be buyers find themselves unable to obtain mortgages. There were 3.4 million households living in privately rented homes in 2010, up from 2.4 million in