Housing: Armed Forces

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Jim Murphy Jim Murphy Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) service personnel and (b) former service personnel have been allocated housing through the FirstBuy scheme in each year since 2005.

Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps The Minister for Housing

holding answer 28 June 2012

The FirstBuy scheme, introduced by this Government, will help around 10,500 first-time buyers by March 2013. In June 2011, I announced that members of our armed forces would have top priority for FirstBuy and all Government funded affordable home ownership schemes.

And I am pleased to say that one of the first FirstBuy sales was to a member of our armed forces who were helped into a family home in Telford.

Official statistics published on 12 June for the first seven months of the scheme to March 2012 show 127 members of the armed forces had been helped to buy a home.

However, this does not show the full extent of our support for members of our armed forces, as a further 3,400 service personnel have been approved for Government support to buy their own home under Government supported affordable housing schemes.

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