Coronavirus: Help for renters amid pandemic to be unveiled ‘very shortly’

The government will soon set out measures to help people who rent, as the coronavirus pandemic continues, a minister has told Sky News.

Speaking to Kay [email protected], Business Secretary Alok Sharma said: “There are millions of renters across the country and some of them will be facing this anxiety.

“The chancellor was very clear yesterday that the housing secretary will be coming forward very shortly to set out a statement on how we will make sure there is protection for renters as well.”

It comes after Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled “unprecedented” help for businesses and families feeling the effects of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

The package includes government-backed loans worth £330bn and a three-month mortgage holiday for homeowners.

There will also be £20bn of extra spending on grants, and business rates holidays for companies.

“We have never, in peacetime, faced an economic fight like this one,” Mr Sunak said at the government’s daily coronavirus news conference.

“I know that people are deeply worried. I know that people’s anxiety about the disease itself is matched only by their anxiety about their livelihoods.”

Describing the coronavirus crisis as “not a time for ideology and orthodoxy” but “a time to be bold, a time for courage”, the chancellor told businesses and households: “This government will give you all the tools you need to get through this.”

The lack of action to help renters was mentioned by Labour’s John McDonnell when he said the chancellor’s measures “still do not go far enough”.

“People are being laid off today and losing their incomes,” he said.

“We are disappointed that this package does not address their concerns.

“The further announcements laid out by the chancellor lack the certainty required amidst growing public anxiety, and still do not go far enough in protecting workers, renters and those who are losing their jobs, or in fully supporting businesses at the scale necessary.”

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