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5m 25-40-year-olds financially dependent

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11/12/2012
A third of the UK’s 25-40-year olds do not consider themselves to be financially independent, and one in 10 still live at home with their parents.

According to Bright Grey’s Generation Now report, which refers to this particular age group as NONYs (people that are ‘neither old nor young’ aged 25 – 40) a quarter (25%) of this age group said their attitude to life is ‘live for the day’.

For those adults aged 25 – 40 the main priority in the short-term is keeping up with mortgage payments or rent (43%). However, once they have met this financial obligation their next concern is planning their next holiday (22%) and funding a good social life (21%).

This contrasts with the 32% of NONYs who haven’t achieved financial independence and who may still view their parents as their financial safety net.

Many take a short term view that tomorrow is ‘just another day’, with 33% of NONYs saying they live hand-to-mouth each month with no savings plans or emergency fund. Just 6% have considered whether their insurance would cover them in the event of an illness.

With almost two in five (39%) individuals in the 25-40 age group renting their home, and a similar 39% with outstanding mortgage payments, many should consider whether they have a contingency plan for meeting the cost of these bills if their regular income changed.

For a number of 25-40 year olds, traditional milestones are proving elusive. Significant numbers have set goals of getting married (21%), starting a family (23%) and getting on the housing ladder (29%), but haven’t as yet achieved them.

Jacqui Gillies, head of marketing at Bright Grey, said:

“Times have changed and with this, priorities for different generations have shifted. In the past people were encouraged to settle down and build a secure financial foundation before starting a family. However, many people – the NONYs – have adopted a ‘live for the day’ approach to life and are concentrating on immediate concerns rather than looking to the future.

“It is always important to bear in mind the decisions we take now have an impact on our future, so it is vital to ensure we are protected against unforeseen events. Even those who might consider themselves without financial obligations need to consider how they would cope if their income were to suddenly stop.”

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