Budget 2020: Housing Overview

Today, Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered his first Budget in the House of Commons, announcing the government’s spending plans for the year ahead. The Budget speech included a number of key housing announcements. Highlights include:

  • A new Affordable Homes Programme which will receive a £12bn multi-year settlement.
  • A £1bn Building Safety Fund to remove all unsafe combustible cladding from public and private housing higher than 18 metres.
  • £650m of funding to help rough sleepers into permanent accommodation, providing an extra 6,000 places for rough sleepers.
  • £400m for regional mayors to build homes on brownfield sites.
  • A 1% cut on the Public Works Loan Board interest rate, used by local authorities to fund housebuilding.
  • Communities hit by flooding will get a share of £120m to shore up existing defences and repair properties damaged during the winter months. An extra £200m will also be available to build flood resilience for communities that are repeatedly affected.
  • Stamp Duty surcharge for foreign buyers of properties in England and Northern Ireland to be levied at 2% from April 2021.

Sunak also confirmed that the housing secretary, Robert Jenrick, will be setting out a comprehensive reform on Thursday 12th March – more information to follow.

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