Coronavirus triggers more than one in 20 Falkirk residents to move house
More than one in 20 people in Falkirk moved house because of the coronavirus pandemic, a survey suggests.
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 Falkirk 7% of people surveyed in December said they had recently moved house or were planning on doing so for reasons related to the pandemic.
In Linlithgow and Falkirk East, 8% of people surveyed in December said they had recently moved house or were planning on doing so for reasons related to the pandemic.
A further 5% of residents were thinking about moving house because of the pandemic, though they had no solid plans yet.
Across Great Britain, the figure was 9%.
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.
Melanie Rees, head of policy and external affairs, said: "Increased working from home, for those who are lucky enough to be able to do so, has meant that people don’t need to be within daily commuting distance of work.
"Moving out of urban centres where house prices are high can mean that people can afford bigger, better quality housing in more pleasant surroundings.
"We have to think about the impact of this on people already living in an area who might find themselves priced out of renting or owning a home due to the house-price inflation caused by people moving in with more money to spend."