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UK house prices rise at fastest rate in six years

Estate agents' boards are displayed, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Apsley, Hertfordshire

LONDON (Reuters) - British house prices rose at the fastest rate in more than six years at the end of 2020, official figures showed on Wednesday, extending a surge driven by a temporary tax break and demand for more spacious housing since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Office for National Statistics said house prices in December were 8.5% higher than a year earlier, compared with a 7.1% increase in November, the biggest year-on-year rise since October 2014.

(Reporting by David Milliken; Editing by Kate Holton)