Written June 22, 2019

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My Model Answer for Test 2, Task 1 in Book 13 of the Cambridge Practice IELTS Tests series



This graph shows an overall increase of home ownership in England and Wales between the years 1918 and 2001, with a corresponding decrease of households living in rental accommodation during those years. However, in contrast to the previous five decades of continuous growth in ownership, this trend started to reverse after 2001.

Between 1918 and 1953, home ownership increased from about 23% to 32%, an average growth rate of almost 3% per year for this 33-year period. Noticeably, the 1939 and 1953 figures for ownership are the same, implying that no significant changes occurred over this 14-year period. 

The years between 1953 and 1991 saw ownership maintain steady growth at about 10% per year, more than double the rate in the previous growth period from 1918 to 1939. By 1991, home ownership was at 68% with rental accommodation at 32%, which was almost exactly the reverse of the situation in 1953. 

After a decade of only a minor increase between 1991 and 2001, home ownership had reached a peak of 69% in 2001, after which it decreased by 5% in the following decade to 64% in 2011.

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