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Brexit continues to dominate the headlines – but the UK economy faces many other important challenges.

Inequality in the housing market, poverty among working people and reducing greenhouse gas emissions are among them.

For any party hoping to win power on 12 December, these are serious issues.

Fewer young people own homes

Only 36% of those born in the late 1980s have become homeowners by the age of 30, compared with 55% or more of those born between the 1940s and the 1970s.

Younger generations have seen the price of homes rise far more quickly than their salaries – the main reason for this change. This is particularly true in southern England.

Many more people in their 20s and 30s are now renting privately. Their average housing costs are about 20% higher than 20 years ago.

Meanwhile, low interest rates mean most owner-occupiers – many of them older people – enjoy lower housing costs than in the past. Read more

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