New housing scheme is great news for first-time buyers

Last week, the Government announced that a new generation of homeowners will be able to get on the housing ladder due to a new scheme that will see the cost of some new homes cut by 30 per cent, writes Lee Anderson MP.

Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 7:00 am
Lee Anderson says the new scheme will allow more people to get on to the property ladder.

This is great news for first-time buyers in Ashfield.

The First Homes scheme will see a discount locked into the property for years to come.

Veterans will be prioritised as part of armed forces covenant and councils will also be able to use the scheme for front-line workers in their area such as police, nurses, prison officers and teachers.

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Social housing tenants get big discounts if they buy their home through the right to buy scheme, people on low wages living in rented accommodation get help through housing benefit and over the past few years people who could not afford a deposit on a first home have taken advantage of the help to buy scheme so it is only right that a new scheme is introduced to help people are just about managing to get on the housing ladder.

It was also pleasing to see that the Conservatives have launched a consultation on whether to decriminalise the non-payment of the TV licence.

This consultation will ensure we have a fair and proportionate approach to licence fee penalties and payments.

A big shout out for Kings Mill Hospital which, according to a survey of patients is one of the cleanest hospitals in the country.

I want to personally thank the staff and management team at Kings Mill who do a fantastic job every single day of the year.

A few people have contacted me to raise concerns over illegal immigrants crossing the channel to get into the UK.

I have always been clear on this subject.

Anyone entering this country illegally should be stopped and returned as soon as possible and I know the Home Secretary is working extremely hard to ensure Britain’s borders are safe and secure.

Last week, I moved into my new office in Sutton, in the old DHSS office on High Pavement.

I do not have any phones or equipment yet but what I do have is first class team of staff who are there to help the people of Ashfield & Eastwood.

I do get messages on social media but the best way to contact my office is to email [email protected]

Lee Anderson is the MP for Ashfield and Eastwood.