Commitment to build new homes to cope with demand reaffirmed after EU vote

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UK Housing Minister Brandon Lewis and Communities Secretary Greg Clark have reaffirmed that new homes are still a top priority of the Government post Brexit. At a meeting with the Home Builders Federation (HBF), whose members build around 80% of new homes in England and Wales, they reiterated the Government’s ambition to build a million more homes. They pointed out that this ambition is underpinned by a record £20 billion housing package announced in the Spending Review and Government backed schemes, including Help to Buy and Shared Ownership, which have supported over 309,000 home owners since 2010. The HBF and its members stated that all indicators show reservations and sales rates have not been affected by last week’s referendum on leaving the European Union. Members restated their commitment to driving up supply and increasing the number of new home owners. Parties spoke of their confidence in the strength of the housing market with strong demand for housing. The Government and HBF agreed to continue to work jointly over the coming weeks to ensure shared ambitions are met. ‘The action we have taken over the last six years to get the country building again has put the industry in a position of strength. We have doubled investment in housing and set out the largest affordable house building program since the 1970s,’ said Clark. Peter Andrew, HBF deputy chairman pointed out that the need for new homes continues as does the Government’s commitment to getting them built and extending home ownership to anyone that aspires to own a home of their own. ‘We were very pleased to hear the Secretary of State reaffirm the Government’s commitment to increasing housing supply. We welcome his reiteration of support for successful programmes like the Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme which is underpinning demand and helping tens of thousands of buyers each year to take their first steps on the housing ladder,’ he said. ‘House builders remain confident in the underlying level of demand for housing and will continue to deliver the homes the country needs,’ he added. Taylor Scott International

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