‘Every home sold means more jobs protected’: Sunak lauds the rallying housing market

Residential property transactions jumped by 15.6% in August, following a 14.5% rise in July, prompting Chancellor Rishi Sunak to trumpet a triumph for the Treasury’s Stamp Duty holiday policy. But house sales are still 16.3% lower than in August 2019, and Q2’s tally was the lowest since 2009.

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