Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced “radical” government plans which he says will be crucial to kick-starting the housing market.
Jenrick was speaking in Parliament on Wednesday afternoon after the government resumed house moves and viewings in England, and tradespeople were actively encouraged to go back to work.
The majority of house moves have been on hold since March 23, which is believed to have affected more than 450,000 people. Those in the middle of buying a house have only been allowed to move if “reasonably necessary” during the Covid-19 lockdown.
The government eased those restrictions this week, and has published new guidelines permitting house moves and viewings, providing social distancing measures are maintained.
“Today I am announcing a comprehensive, clear and coherent plan to reopen the housing market and to restart the construction industry,” Jenrick told MPs.
“This is the most radical re-starting of an industry in the first phase of our national recovery roadmap. This was not an easy decision to make. I do know that in every economic recovery in modern British history, the housing market has been key.”
Today I am announcing our comprehensive plan to restart, reopen and renew the #housingmarket – safely.