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Housing pinched: Understanding which households spend the most on housing costs

Close to 1.6 million UK households – the housing pinched – are spending more than half their disposable income on the ongoing costs of housing each month.

Of the 1.6 million housing pinched, retired households and working age households in which nobody works account for just over a third (7 per cent – 110,000 households – and 30 per cent – 480,000 households – respectively). Leaving these two groups aside, there remain close to 1 million working households who are spending over half their disposable income on housing costs.

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