Help to Buy Scheme: Individual Savings Accounts

Treasury written question – answered on 8th September 2021.

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Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to review the help-to-buy ISA threshold in light of rising house prices.

Photo of John Glen John Glen Minister of State (Treasury) (City), The Economic Secretary to the Treasury

The Help to Buy: ISA scheme aims to help those struggling to save enough to get onto the housing ladder. The property price cap allows the Government to target support at the first-time buyers who need it the most. The scheme includes a higher property value cap of £450,000 for properties in London compared to £250,000 anywhere else in the UK.

The latest statistics show that since the scheme was launched in 2015 410,075 property completions, including more than 26,000 completions in London, have been supported through the scheme with a mean property value of £175,010 compared to an average first-time buyer house price of £222,712. The Government keeps all aspects of savings policy under review.

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