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Homes chief calls for extension of Help to Buy scheme

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Nicola Barclay: ‘domestic challenges’ (pic: Terry Murden)

Homes building leader Nicola Barclay has called for the flagship Help to Buy scheme to be extended.

Ms Barclay, chief executive of representative body Homes for Scotland, said the industry needs to keep up the momentum of new build figures showing an encouraging increase in activity in Scotland across all sectors.

“The continuing increase in home building is extremely welcome, providing more choice across all tenures for our growing population as well as wider social and economic benefits,” she said, commenting on data released by housing minister Kevin Stewart.

“The Minister is right to outline risks associated with Brexit, but there are domestic challenges facing the Scottish home building industry which the Scottish Government could address now to ensure build levels and investment are maintained as far as possible.  It is these issues that our members are most keen to get resolved.

“Firstly, we require the hugely successful Help to Buy scheme in Scotland to be extended to 2023 in line with England to boost confidence and certainty, as well as prevent disadvantage, for both buyers and builders north of the border. 

“Secondly, our Registered Social Landlord members need to know about grant funding levels post-2021 so they can plan their affordable housing programmes.

“Finally, policy must be aligned at national and local levels.  This is where the real delivery barrier lies.”

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