Henry Smith MP welcomes 171 homes in Crawley as Help to Buy helps more families get on the housing ladder

More than 170 families in Crawley have been able to realise their dream of home ownership thanks to the Government’s right to buy schemes, according to new figures.

Through the Government’s Help to Buy and Right to Buy schemes, almost 600,000 more families have placed a foot on the housing ladder since 2010. This means 184 families using the schemes every day since 2010 to buy a home of their own.

The statistics show more than 98,000 families have used the Right to Buy their council home. Over 494,000 families have used Help to Buy to get a foot on the housing ladder across England.

Henry said;

“This is good news for 171 families in Crawley who have been able to get the security of their own home through the Government’s Help to Buy schemes.

“We want as many people as possible to get a foot on the housing ladder, that’s why stamp duty has been abolished for 95 per cent of first-time buyers. Help to Buy has also been boosted and the Government have an ambitious plan to build 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s.”

More than 14,000 people have benefited from Help to Buy in the south east of England.

Help to Buy has two main schemes. One allows future first-time buyers to take out an Individual Savings Account (ISA) which pays out a government bonus of up to £3,000 towards the cost of a new home. Another scheme, the equity loan, means buyers only need to raise 5 per cent of a property’s value for a deposit and the Government will stump up a loan of up to 20 per cent of the property’s value which is interest-free for five years.

Families across the country are benefitting from the schemes with more than 93 per cent of completions taking place outside of London.