A mortgage guarantee scheme to help people with small deposits get on the property ladder is set to be announced at next week's Budget.
The government will offer incentives to lenders, bringing back 95% mortgages which have “virtually disappeared” during the pandemic, the Treasury says.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak says public finances are facing a “challenge” from the pandemic’s impact on the economy.
The government has borrowed £271bn this financial year – up £222bn on 2019-20.
This has pushed the national debt to £2.13 trillion.
Explaining the government’s economic response to the pandemic, Mr Sunak told the Financial Times: “We went big, we went early, but there is more to come and there will be more to come in the Budget. But there is a challenge [in the public finances] and I want to level with people about the challenge.”
He added: “I will do whatever it takes to protect the British people through this crisis and I remain committed to that.”
SOURCE ; BBC NEWS