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GORDON HENDERSON MP

FOR SITTINGBOURNE & SHEPPEY

323 families helped with Help To Buy

6th March 2015
323 families helped with Help To Buy

Local MP Gordon Henderson has welcomed new figures showing that Help to Buy, the scheme to help people access an affordable mortgage with a small deposit, has helped 323 families to buy their own home in Swale.

Across the country, Help to Buy has now enabled nearly 90,000 families to buy their own home with over 80 per cent of sales going to first-time buyers. This news comes in the same week the Prime Minister committed the next Conservative Government to delivering 200,000 new Starter Homes by 2020 – good quality homes that will be sold at 20 per cent below the market price and be reserved for first-time buyers only under the age of 40.

This is all part of the long-term economic plan that is getting Britain building again. House building is now at its highest level since 2007, meaning more people are able to get on in life and find a home of their own.

Gordon Henderson commented:

‘I believe that everyone who works hard should be able to have a home of their own, but too many people simply could not afford the huge deposit needed to get on the housing ladder.

‘The Government wasn’t prepared to let that continue which is why, as part of a long-term economic plan, it launched Help to Buy so people could get an affordable mortgage with only a 5 per cent deposit. Since this was launched a total of 323 families have been able to get on the housing ladder in Swale.

‘Every additional family that is able to get on the housing ladder is one more family able to enjoy the security and peace of mind that comes from owning your own home. I am grateful to the Government for this initiative.’

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