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The government has announced it will extend the Affordable Homes Programme till March 2023.
It said this was because of the "unavoidable delays in the construction industry due to coronavirus" which many believe will have lost around 53,000 homes.
Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, said: "Today I am announcing that we are giving more flexibility to housing associations and councils to help them deliver affordable homes. We’ve listened closely to the sector and agreed that there will now have a longer deadline for using Government funding to get these homes built.
"Building the homes the country needs is central to the mission of this Government as we prioritise uniting and levelling up the country."
The Prime Minister also outlined a series of planning reforms, which were classed as the "most radical" since World War Two.