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CML welcomes Help to Buy ISA Budget announcement

Published: 18 March 2015

The Council of Mortgage Lenders welcomes the announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in today's Budget of a "Help to Buy ISA" scheme, designed to provide a 25% government-funded boost to savings accumulated for a deposit.

The CML looks forward to working with Government on the details of the scheme.

CML director general Paul Smee comments:

"Those who can save for a deposit will appreciate the boost announced in today's Budget. Such steps are welcome. But as saving for a deposit will never become easy, we still need a clear focus on the supply of new housing that will help deliver a sustainable, affordable housing market over the long term."

Incidentally, the winner of the CML's "Rising Stars" initiative last year suggested an incentivised deposit savings scheme - you can see his idea here.

Notes to editors

1. The Council of Mortgage Lenders' members are banks, building societies and other lenders who together undertake around 95% of all residential mortgage lending in the UK. There are 11.1 million mortgages in the UK, with loans worth over £1.3 trillion.

2. The Government has published an outline of the new Help to Buy ISA scheme here.

3. The table below shows the average (median) level of deposit by first-time buyers across all regions within the UK.

18.03.2015 - average level of deposit by first-time buyers regions UK

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