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Political housing pantomime

200,000 homes will be made available to first-time buyers in England by 2020 if the Tories win the election – according to David Cameron of course!

The ambitious claim follows the coalition government’s previous announcement to provide 100,000 cut-price homes for people under the age of 40. The PM says the Tories will double that if they gain power, to give more people the security of owning their own home.

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British housebuilding company Persimmon announced they have amassed enough land to build more than 100,000 homes over the coming years.

British housebuilding company Persimmon have announced that they have amassed enough land to build more than 100,000 homes over the coming years; now all they need is policy certainty!

In their latest full year report, Persimmon said that their land holdings now total 17,000 acres, on which it can build over 100,000 homes.

Their output increased last year, with legal completions up from 11,528 in 2013 to 13,509 in 2014 (a 17% increase.) They intend to keep the growth going into this year, with plans to begin construction on 400 active sites throughout 2015.

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Builders get behind Scottish Government’s ‘Small Developer Scheme’

The Scottish Government’s new £30 million ‘Small Developers Scheme,’ which will form part of Help to Buy (Scotland), will increase growth in the small house building sector, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Gordon Nelson, Director of FMB Scotland, said “Like the Scottish Government we want Help to Buy (Scotland) to stimulate sales of new homes across both urban and rural Scotland, thereby helping more people across the whole country to buy new homes. This is only achievable with the participation of smaller local building firms and we therefore welcome the move to ring-fence £30 million specifically for buyers who want a new property built by one of these companies.”

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History author Diarmaid MacCulloch claims Oxford University abetted housing crisis

MacCulloch said that the lack of adequate housing is “to a great extent, a problem caused by the University and Colleges themselves in modifying existing student accommodation to make it ensuite, to make such rooms viable for the conference trade, to generate revenue. That has resulted in the amalga

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housing market creeps up

Rightmove report that the housing market is showing signs of a “new year bounce,” with new sellers increasing asking prices by around £4,000 in January.

Despite January generally seeing asking prices fall historically, the price of property coming on the market increased by 1.4% or £3,798 compared with December, according to the property search website.

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death of the right to buy scheme

Scottish government will abolish right-to-buy in 2017. Now social housing tenants in Wales could lose the right to buy their homes if Labour wins the 2016 assembly election. Is this the end for the controversial government scheme?

Now a relic policy from the Thatcher-era, ‘right-to-buy’ allows most council tenants to buy their council home - at a discount. Since its inception in 1980, more than 1.5m homes in the UK have been bought under the scheme; over 130,000 of these were in Wales. Following on from Scotland’s announcement last year to discontinue the policy, right-to-buy now faces abolition in Wales by ministers who say that in the midst of a housing shortage, they want to protect the stock of social housing for those who truly need it.

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