Help To Buy Scheme

Housing, Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th March 2018.

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Photo of David Warburton David Warburton Conservative, Somerton and Frome 12:00 am, 12th March 2018

What assessment he has made of the effect of the Help to Buy scheme and the reduction in stamp duty on first-time buyers.

Photo of Sajid Javid Sajid Javid The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

The number of first-time buyers was at an 11-year high in 2017, at 365,000 across the UK. That shows that our concerted action to get more people into home ownership through initiatives such as Help to Buy and the new stamp duty exemption for first-time buyers is working.

Photo of David Warburton David Warburton Conservative, Somerton and Frome

It sounds like my right hon. Friend agrees with me that home ownership is a fundamentally good thing. Some 86% of our fellow citizens aspire to it, and there is nothing like spreading the economic benefits of ownership more widely in society. Does he further agree that we should use every policy lever at our disposal to encourage home ownership and to give those all-important first-time buyers a leg up on to the ladder?

Photo of Sajid Javid Sajid Javid The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

I could not agree more. The overwhelming majority of people want to own their own home, and we need to do more to help them to do just that. The plan that we have set out, including last week, to build 300,000 homes a year will help more and more people to realise that dream.

Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

Why does the Secretary of State not wake up? So many people in my constituency and throughout the country know that this Government have failed to deliver enough houses to buy and enough to rent. The fact is that there are so many nimbys sitting on the Government Benches—he is speaking to one of them—that Ministers do not have the courage to do anything about it.

Photo of Sajid Javid Sajid Javid The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

It is the Conservatives who are responsible for house building last year reaching its highest level in all but one of the past 30 years, and it was a previous Labour Government under which we had the lowest level of house building that this country had seen since the 1920s.