First Time Buyers: Coventry

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 1st March 2021.

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Photo of Colleen Fletcher Colleen Fletcher Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to support first-time homebuyers in (a) Coventry North East constituency and (b) Coventry.

Photo of Colleen Fletcher Colleen Fletcher Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to support homeownership in (a) Coventry North East constituency and (b) Coventry.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

First Homes, our new home ownership scheme, will be prioritised for first-time buyers and will allow them to buy a new home with a discount of at least 30 per cent under market value. In some areas, the discounts could be as high as 50 per cent. This will significantly reduce both deposit and mortgage requirements and open up the dream of home ownership to even more people.

Our new Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme from April 2021 to March 2023 will be targeted at helping first-time buyers to get a foot on the property ladder. In Coventry local authority area, 2,032 households have purchased through Help to Buy: Equity Loan, of which 1,821 have been first-time buyers

As set out in the Conservative manifesto of December 2019, the Government will encourage a market in long-term fixed rate mortgages with low deposits to promote home ownership. We stand ready to work with the sector to explore the possible options to bring these products to market.

The Government is committed to supporting the supply of new homes, delivering around 244,000 last year, the highest in over 30 years.

We are bringing forward an ambitious nearly £20 billion investment, including over £12 billion in Affordable Housing over 5 years, and over £7 billion to both unlock new land through the provision of infrastructure and also diversify the market through our National Home Building Fund. Alongside our reforms to the planning system, this will deliver the new homes the country needs.

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