Help to buy

Property developer continues to offer Help to Buy scheme

Independent homebuilder Dundas Estates has pledged to continue to offer the Help to Buy scheme in Scotland on all of its developments on properties up to £200,000.

Published 15 March 2021

Budgetary constraints force closure of Help to Buy

The Scottish Government is set to scrap the Help to Buy scheme from this week after announcing it is no longer able to financially support the initiative.

Published 1 February 2021

Help to Buy scheme extended as construction given all clear for gradual return to sites

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has signalled a return to construction work on sites in Scotland and a 12-month extension to the Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme.

Published 12 June 2020

Scottish Government issues Help to Buy guidance for builders

Advice and guidance for builders regarding the Help to Buy (Scotland) homebuying scheme has been published by the Scottish Government.

Published 21 April 2020

Scottish Help to Buy figures ‘highlight potential for disparity’ with rest of UK

News of the success of the Scottish Government’s Help to Buy shared equity scheme has been welcomed by Homes for Scotland (HFS) but the trade body has emphasised the importance of maintaining a level playing field across the border.

Published 19 June 2019

Government homeownership schemes have helped 30,000 households get on property ladder

More than 30,000 households have been helped to buy their home through Scottish Government support schemes since 2007.

Published 18 June 2019

Scottish Labour to consider targeted replacement for Help to Buy

A report from Scottish Labour’s Housing Commission has recommended the party scrap and replace Help to Buy with a more targeted scheme to help first time buyers of lower incomes.

Published 11 March 2019

Help to Buy given two-year £100m extension

The Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme is to be extended beyond 2019 after the Scottish Government announced a further £100 million investment over two years.

Published 4 April 2018

Call to end Help to Buy subsidies as three Persimmon executives share £100m bonus

A think-tank has urged the Scottish Government to end Help to Buy subsidies after it was revealed that three executives at housebuilder Persimmon were paid in excess of £100 million last year in a bonuses scheme linked to the policy.

Published 21 March 2018

First-time buyer levels at ten year high in Scotland

Homes for Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to extend the Help to Buy scheme to capitalise on new figures which revealed that the number of first-time buyers in Scotland is at the highest level for a decade.

Published 22 February 2018

Help to Buy disproportionately helping larger housebuilders, analysis reveals

Critics of the Scottish Help to Buy scheme have called for the policy to be scrapped after an investigation revealed just three high volume housebuilders have received around £189 million in subsidised mortgages between them.

Published 5 December 2017

New scheme to increase access to affordable housing for older people

Older people will have greater access to affordable homes with the introduction of greater flexibility to shared equity schemes, housing minister Kevin Stewart has announced.

Published 26 October 2017

Help to Buy isn’t helping working people, claims Scottish Labour

Scottish Labour has criticised the Scottish Government’s Help to Buy scheme for only providing a boost to the affluent after new figures revealed that the average income of households participating in the scheme was £46,000.

Published 10 July 2017

Help to Buy scheme higher price cap retained for 2018/19

New changes to the maximum value of a property eligible for Help to Buy Scotland will help more families onto the housing ladder, housing minister Kevin Stewart has said.

Published 31 March 2017

Trading continues well for Barratt Developments with ‘ongoing strong demand’

Housebuilder Barratt Developments said demand for new homes remained “strong” as sales rose 4.3 per cent since July.

Published 17 November 2016