Friday, October 12, 2018

A very modern family

My first reaction to this piece about a couple of single mums choosing to live together in one house with their children was, admittedly, a shrug of the shoulders. Why were their living arrangements worthy of an article on the BBC site? The truth is, though, that those arrangements are unusual - and perhaps strangely so in the current context.

Recent research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies revealed that house prices in England increased by an eyewatering 173 per cent over the last two decades, whereas the average salary of those in the 25-34 age bracket rose by just 19 per cent. Add to that the nation's loneliness epidemic (a condition with potentially lethal consequences) and the attraction of increased childcare options and companions for your kids, and it would be surprising if such arrangements didn't start to become more popular.

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