Affordable Housing: Disability

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe Labour, Bradford South

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

(1) whether he has any plans to amend the operation or rules of the home ownership for people with long-term disabilities scheme to make it more responsive to the delays and logistical challenges of selling property as part of the scheme for the purposes of ensuring those who access the scheme as owner-occupiers in housing need are not disadvantaged;

(2) what proportion of people who have sought to access the home ownership for people with long-term disabilities scheme as owner-occupiers in housing need, have been unable to complete the process of moving to a new property due to the delays and logistical challenges of selling their property as part of accessing the scheme since the inception of the scheme;

(3) what proportion of people who have been provided with assistance through the home ownership for people with long-term disabilities scheme have been owner-occupiers in housing need rather than first-time buyers to date.

Photo of Kris Hopkins Kris Hopkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

This Government are committed to promoting choice and providing housing opportunities for people with long-term disabilities, enabling them to live independent lives. We have no immediate plans to amend the operation or rules around the home ownership for people with long-term disabilities scheme.

As with all home purchases, choice and speed of completion may be impacted by the number of providers and the availability of suitable properties in a particular area.

We do not retain information concerning unsuccessful applications for the home ownership for people with long-term disabilities scheme. However, between 2007-08 and 2012-13, 160 sales by private registered providers were recorded under the scheme. Of these, 150 purchasers were first-time buyers. We do not hold information on sales by local authorities.

The Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme gives people the opportunity to a new build property with just a 5% deposit. In Budget 2014, the Chancellor announced the extension of the Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme to 2020, investing a further £6 billion to help 120,000 more households to purchase a home.

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