Scotland sobered by end of Help to Buy

Nia Williams

October 23, 2014

He was responding to an NHBC report which revealed that from July to September 2014 Scottish home registrations increased by 9% year-on-year.

Hogg said: “Whilst these statistics are encouraging, we believe this increase will be negatively impacted by this year’s funding for the Scottish government’s Help to Buy (Scotland) shared equity scheme running out in July and that this will be reflected in future figures towards the end of the year and early 2015.

“Given the scheme generated nearly 5000 reservations and sales in just ten months, this funding interruption resulted in significant business uncertainty as the industry awaited the Scottish government’s next move.

“Even with the recently announced reduced price ceiling of £250,000, we still suspect that the £100m budget for 2015/16 will be insufficient to last the full year.

“We therefore hope that Help to Buy will benefit from some of the extra £125m housing investment announced in the draft Budget so that builders have the confidence to invest in more much needed housing development.”

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