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New research by Shelter has revealed that a quarter of all 20-34 year old working adults in England are living with their parents. That's 1.97 million people.

The study showed that around half of these people are doing so because they can't afford to rent or buy their own home. The figures have prompted Shelter to announce that lack of affordable housing is the biggest cause of the  'clipped wing generation'.

Many of these young adults worry that living in the family home is stopping them leading any sort of independent life.

Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: ''The 'clipped wing generation' are finding themselves with no choice but to remain living with mum and dad well into adulthood, as they struggle to find a home of their own...

''Rather than pumping more money into schemes like Help to Buy, we need bolder action that will meet the demand for affordable homes and not inflate prices further.

''From helping small local builders find the finance they need, to investing in a new generation of part rent, part buy homes, the solutions to our housing shortage are there for the taking.

''Politicians of all parties must now put stable homes for the next generation at the top of the agenda.''

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