Pre-budget report welcomed

9 December 2009

Alistair Darling

Shelter today welcomed the Chancellor’s pre-budget report, saying it showed the Government’s commitment to housing.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling (pictured) announced a number of measures concerning housing:

  • Support for unemployed homeowners in paying mortgage interest payments is to be extended by six months.
  • An extra £200m is to be released from April to help with energy efficiency, with an extra 75,000 households helped by the Warm Front scheme.
  • A new scheme will help up to 125,000 homes replace inefficient boilers.
  • From April, people with a home wind turbine or solar panels who send power back to the National Grid will receive an average tax-free payment of £900 a year.

Shelter director of policy and campaigns Kay Boycott said; 'The extension of the mortgage interest scheme is particularly welcome as it will mean thousands of low income homeowners being able to avoid repossession over the next six months.

'Measures like the Homeowner Mortgage Support scheme have made a real difference in helping struggling homeowners keep their homes. But with unemployment continuing to rise, thousands of people are still at risk of repossession and it’s vital a long term safety net is put in place to support people in need.'