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How many of us who live in Social Housing work or have worked but chose not to buy their home. I worked, and worked hard, but chose not to buy my council house.
With the introduction of the Affordable Homes Programme and the majority of the homes built being up for rent – but NOT classed as Social Housing, was it a mistake not to buy? Even if it was a mistake, why should I be forced to buy? If I needed a larger home, I could apply to my landlord for a larger property couldn’t I? Not so easy because of the shortage of Social Housing Properties.
However, it seems to me that Mr Grant Shapps, the Minister for Housing, is a “Pro-Buy” Minister. Last week he announced changes for homeowners who need a larger property. He said, “For years increasing numbers of people have outgrown their homes but been unable to move, and first-time buyers have been unable to buy. They know who they are. Hardworking people who bought their home when they were single, maybe met someone, fell in love and now have a couple of kids. They expected to trade up – because that’s what their parents were able to do. But now they’re boxed-in, home outgrown. Stuck in a flat, when really want they want is a family home. The NewBuy Guarantee will give our second-time buyers a second chance, as this is the first scheme of its kind not confined to first time buyers, but available to anyone looking to buy a newly-built home. We don’t want Britain to be a place of housing have nots, we want people to have room to grow. The NewBuy Guarantee will do just that.”
Obviously only people who own their homes are hardworking because he sure as hell isn’t doing anything “innovative” to help those living in Social Housing that are trying to move to a bigger property. I am sick of Grant Shapps.
In case you want to know, The NewBuy Guarantee is not confined to first-time buyers but is designed to help anyone looking to buy a newly-built property – and is expected to help up to 100,000 prospective and current homeowners. Through this innovative new scheme, instead of a typical buyer requiring a £40,000 deposit to buy a £200,000 home, they will now only need £10,000. The scheme – which had its first sale this week – is available for homes of up to £500,000.