THOUSANDS of young workers are still living at home with mum and dad due to a lack of affordable homes, it has been claimed.

Housing and homelessness charity Shelter has revealed that 4,800 – 37 per cent – of Tendring workers aged 20 to 34 have failed to fly the nest.

The new report also showed 22 per cent of young workers in Colchester are still living at home while Castle Point in south Essex topped the list with 45 per cent.

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.

“The government knows that the only way to turn the tide of the housing shortage is to fill the gap between the homes we have and the homes we need.”

The latest government figures also show average house prices for first-time buyers in the UK have risen by 11 per cent in a year.