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PRESSURE FORCES YOUTHS OUT

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Teenagers are leaving home earlier despite government policies aimed at encouraging them to stay with their parents...
Teenagers are leaving home earlier despite government policies aimed at encouraging them to stay with their parents, according to research carried out in Scotland by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

The study revealed that between 1987 and 1991 the proportion of 19 year old men leaving home had increased from 31% to 37%.

The figure for women had increased from 39% to 42%.

It claimed that far from encouraging families to stay together, government policies are putting increasing strain on relationships.

As young people lose entitlement to benefit and are encouraged to stay in education and training, greater economic pressure is placed on families, leading to increased risk of a family breakdown.

The study warned against regarding the parental home as an alternative housing provision and claimed that more accommodation was needed to allow young people to seek independence at an earlier age.

l A summary of Young people in and out of the housing market is available free from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, The Homestead, 40 Water End, York, Y03 6LP.

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