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Men V Women: The Economic And Financial Divide 2013

Home Ownership Expectations: Women are more pessimistic about becoming homeowners

Despite this, men are more optimistic than women about their prospects of ever owning their own home:

  • Just over a third (34%) of men aged between 20 and 45 would like to buy a home, but do not think they will ever be able to, compared to 43% of women of the same age.
  • 51% of women aged between 20 and 45 believe that Britain should remain a nation of homeowners compared to 58% of men of the same age.

Editors' Notes:

Data sources:

Earnings figures from ONS.

Employment data from ONS ( January 2013) and DWP's 'Family Resources Survey, 2010-2011' publication.

Spending data is from Lloyds Tracker Survey ( February 2013) conducted by TNS. A total of 2,370 consumers were questioned.  Interviewing took place via an online survey between 12th and 18th February 2013.

Current account, savings and investments and pensions: DWP's 'Family Resources Survey' publications, 2000-01 and 2010-2011; current deposit based ( December 2012) and ISA savings balances ( January 2013) from Halifax; adequacy of pensions savings and savings ratios by gender from Scottish Widows, 'UK Pensions Report 2012 ( May 2012)'.

Pensioner incomes from DWP's 'Pensioners' Income Series 2010-11' publication.

Housing tenure statistics from DWP's 'Family Resources Survey, 2010-2011' publication.

Housing market confidence figures:  Halifax Housing Market Confidence Tracker, December 2012 survey conducted by Ipsos MORI on behalf of Halifax. A representative sample of 1,890 British adults aged 16+ across Britain was undertaken between 30th November and 10th December 2012.

Home ownership expectations: Halifax and NatCen Social Research review based on interviews with 8,042 20-45 year olds, May 2012.

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