Revealed : How British people’s lives have been changed in the last 30 years

Facts4EU.Org exposes the fundamental changes in what we had and what we have now

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Using the latest data we show how Brexit Britain has changed – for good or bad

Using the latest data from the Office for National Statistics, we show the shifts in what it was to be British some 30 years ago after Tony Blair came to power, compared to what it looks like today.

We look at the fundamental milestones in life, and how they have changed over the years – either due to modern thinking or because of population change due to immigration.

A Brexit Facts4EU.Org Series on British lifestyle changes

Part I – Starting work, university, moving out, moving in with a partner, marriage, babies (This report)
Part II - Buying your own home, unpaid carer for elderly parents, grandparents, retirement, life expectancy

In this two part series we look at the changing lifestyles of the British people. We summarise the facts and then comment. Then we leave readers to judge the positives and negatives.

British lifestyle changes over the years – Part I

[Source : Latest data from the Office for National Statistics, 08 Apr 2024.]

What follows varies in the time periods specified. All figures are the latest available.

Starting work

It is not until the age of 23 that just over half of the adult population are in full-time work. By the age of 40 this still doesn’t reach 60%, but this masks a huge disparity between men and women. At 40 years old 75% of the male adult population are working full-time, whereas for women it is only 43%.

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[Source : Census 2021 from the Office for National Statistics.]

Facts4EU.Org comment : Some decades ago the number of men in full-time work would have started at an earlier age. If almost half the male population are not in employment until the age of 23, what are they doing? We know that under Tony Blair’s reforms of university education around half of these are doing degrees of varying value but this should take them to 21 years old. With more than 1 million job vacancies there is no excuse for the majority not being in work after reaching 21 years old.

Perhaps the even more surprising fact is that 66% more men are working at age 40 than are women.

Going to university

Far more women are now going to university than men. Here are the figures from 30 years ago to 2022.

[Source : UCAS.]

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Facts4EU.Org comment : 30 years ago more men than women went to university. By 2022 this had changed dramatically. Now there are 30% more women at university than men. Despite this, the number of women in the workforce by the age of 30 is 35% less than for men.

Moving out of the family home

Contrary to what many would expect, far more men live with their parents than do women. 61% of adults living with their parents in Census 2021 were men

The contrast for both sexes with 10 years previously is stark. In 2021, just 28.7% of adults were living with their parents at the age of 25. Ten years later this had risen to 37.5.% That’s an increase of over 30%. The increase in London was around twice as large than in the rest of England, and around five times the increase seen in Wales.

Facts4EU.Org comment : There can be little doubt that the cost of housing – rented or bought – has been a major factor. With immigration during this period running at record levels, this would indicate that the massive rise in the population due to uncontrolled immigration has increased demand and priced many young people out of the housing market altogether.

Moving in with a partner

In 2021, the age by which half of people who lived in households in England and Wales were living with a partner was 28 years.

Facts4EU.Org comment : Fewer and fewer people overall are now living as couples. It seems that many more prefer to live on their own, if they can afford it. When it comes to marriage, this is a fading institution which we discuss below.

Age at first marriage

Of people aged 25 to 29 years who lived as a couple in 2021, 72% were not married or in a civil partnership.This has increased massively from 56% just 10 years earlier.

Facts4EU.Org comment : When it comes to marriage, this seems to be a fading institution.

Having a first baby

Back in 1970 the average age at which women in England and Wales had their first babies was 23. By 2020 this had risen to 29.

[Source : Births data from the Office for National Statistics.]


  • Buying your own home
  • Owning your home outright
  • Being an unpaid carer for elderly parents
  • Becoming a grandparent
  • At what age do you retire?
  • Your life expectancy


Societies change. In many ways this is a healthy sign. Sometimes, however, statistics can show trends which are not so comfortable for the indigenous population.

If we had to pick one statistic from those we have listed above, it would be the age at which people can leave home. There is no formal evidence we have found yet, but we strongly believe that the massive increase in population due to immigration, combined with the lack of house-building, is having a major impact on the quality of life of so many of our young people.

This also affects the parents of these young people, of course, who must have assumed that their offspring would have flown the nest and the parents could have more time to themselves.

These things are less quantifiable but it does not make them less important.

Government must act with all due alacrity to address this problem. Firstly they must dramatically reduce immigration – legal and illegal – and secondly they must reform the planning laws and get a serious programme of housebuilding started.

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[ Sources: Office for National Statistics | UCAS ] Politicians and journalists can contact us for details, as ever.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org, Fri 12 Apr 2024

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