5% move house in East Riding due to Covid-19

Just one in 20 people in East Yorkshire moved house because of the pandemic, a survey suggests, despite the crisis prompting many to look for new homes elsewhere.

Thursday, 27th May 2021, 11:16 am
In East Yorkshire, 5% of people surveyed in December said they had recently moved house or were planning on doing so for reasons related to the pandemic. Photo: PA Images

Research by the think tank Demos asked 20,000 adults in parliamentary constituencies across Great Britain how the Covid-19 crisis had affected where they want to live.

In East Yorkshire, 5% of people surveyed in December said they had recently moved house or were planning on doing so for reasons related to the pandemic.

This was the joint-lowest proportion in Great Britain, where 9% of all survey respondents said the same.

The survey showed a further 4% of residents in East Yorkshire were thinking about moving house.

The Chartered Institute of Housing said many people have re-evaluated where and how they want to live, as lockdown highlighted the importance of affordable, well-located, good quality housing.

The Institute for Public Policy Research, a progressive think tank, said rising house prices overwhelmingly benefit existing homeowners, while widening social and economic inequalities.

Jonathan Webb, IPPR senior research fellow, said: “The UK’s chronic undersupply of housing means that when places become popular with home movers, house prices can inflate rapidly.

“This can result in places quickly becoming unaffordable. The impacts are often felt most severely by lower income households, who can easily find themselves priced out of areas that might have previously been affordable.”

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said Government-backed schemes were helping many people get the keys to their own home.

She added: “We delivered more than 243,000 homes last year – the highest number in over 30 years.”