Ben HaywardMarch 18th
2020

The Prime Minister has promised renters that their homes will be protected from eviction during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. 

When quizzed by Jeremy Corbyn during Prime Minister’s Questions this morning, Boris Johnson said: "I can indeed confirm we will be bringing forward legislation to protect private renters from eviction. That is one thing we will be doing.

"But it is also important as we legislate that we do not simply pass on the problem, so we will also be taking steps to protect other actors in the economy.”

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Yesterday, Mr Corbyn called for increased support for people living in rented accommodation after the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, revealed that home-owners would be able to apply for a 3-month ‘mortgage holiday’. 

Mr Corbyn said: “Millions of people rent in the UK. Suspend rents. Ban evictions. Now.

“Yesterday the chancellor unfortunately offered nothing to the 20 million people living in rented homes. Including three million households with children.

"They're worried, they're worried sick that they can't pay their rent if they get ill, lose pay or feel that they need to self isolate. It is in the interest of public health - of the health of all of us - that people don't feel forced to go to work in order to avoid eviction when they know themselves that they may be spreading this terrible disease.”

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The Chancellor also promised that a fund of roughly £330 billion was being made available to help those affected by coronavirus in the UK. 

Speaking to the media, Mr Sunak said that more measures would be announced, promising to do 'whatever it takes’ over the coming days and weeks. He said: “This government will give you all the tools you need to get through this.

“In the coming days I will go much further to support people's financial security.”

Some of the policies Mr Sunak announced include £330bn of loan guarantees for businesses affected by the outbreak, a cash grant of up to £25,000 for businesses with a rateable value of less than £51,000 as well as increasing interest-free business interruption loans for businesses to £5m. 

The Chancellor also addressed calls to safeguard pubs, clubs, and restaurants forced to close for the foreseeable future, announcing a 12-month business rates holiday for all pubs, theatres, music venues, shops and restaurants.

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