Over 1 million households benefit from UK stamp duty cuts

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Over the next five years, it is expected that the government’s flagship housing policy will help over 1 million people getting onto the housing ladder, according to official statistics

Thanks to the government’s UK stamp duty cut, 121,500 first-time buyers have saved a total of £284m, according to official statistics released on 31 July which cover the period until 30 June this year.

First-time buyers purchasing homes of £300,000 and under now pay no stamp duty at all, and those who have bought properties of up to £500,000 will also have benefited from a stamp duty cut.

Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride, said: “Once again, we can see that our cut to stamp duty for first-time buyers is helping to make the dream of home ownership a reality for a new generation – exactly as we intended.

“In addition, we’re building more homes in the right areas, and have introduced generous schemes such as the Lifetime ISA and Help to Buy.”

Michael McCarthy, Developer at Equitas Properties said: “46% of our new home buyers benefited from the recently introduced stamp duty reduction.

“This policy allowed these new home buyers reduced acquisition costs while increasing options, choice and purchasing power.”

The elimination of UK stamp duty is part of the government’s long-term commitment to make housing more affordable.  As part of the Autumn Budget housing package, the Chancellor announced at least £44bn for housing – which includes at least £15.3bn of financial support for housebuilding over the next five years – and an aim to build 300,000 new homes a year in the areas that need it, as well as encouraging better use of land in cities and towns.

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