Brits supporting parents and children

A large number of Brits are supporting both their parents and children under the same roof, it has been revealed.

More than 500,000 homes in the UK are accommodating three generations of the one family, according to figures from Lloyds TSB.

The number is expected to grow by 56,000 over the next decade – and could lead to some homeowners being forced to add a roof light and loft conversion to make space.

According to Lloyds TSB spokesperson Phil Loney, the trend could be down to increased financial constraints and a longer life expectancy.

"This reports shows that more and more middle-aged people are taking on the care of older family members and supporting children who are going through tough times," he said.

Brent, Luton, Bradford and Merthyr Tydfil were in the 20 most-likely places to have three generations under one roof.

Earlier this week, the Santander Group reported there are around 1.9 million people between the age of 18 and 54 living with their parents in Britain.