Richard Threlfall, KPMG’s Head of Infrastructure, Building and Construction comments:
“The Chancellor’s ‘Help to Buy’ scheme looks like the perfect “get out of jail” card. It’s a bold move, perhaps a desperate one, but one that will be undeniably welcome by the beleaguered construction industry.
“The Government has finally recognised that housing might offer the fastest acting pain relief for our economic woes and, perhaps despairing of local authorities to be proactive in supporting new house building, has decided to focus stimulus on demand.
“By opening the scheme to all buyers of new-build houses up to £600,000 in value, the Chancellor has thrown the UK house building industry a new lifeline. Ultimately, the construction industry and all trades that support construction of new houses in the UK will benefit from the new scheme.”
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