Nov 5, 2019

Starter homes pledged by government in 2014, but none built, says watchdog

A government plan to create 200,000 new homes for first-time buyers has resulted in no homes being built, the National Audit Office has found. According to the National Audit Office, between 2015-16 and 2017-18, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government spent almost £174m on acquiring and preparing sites originally intended for building starter homes. The NAO said the government also no longer had a budget dedicated to the starter homes project. "Labour MP Meg Hillier, chairwoman of the Public Accounts Committee, said:"Despite setting aside over £2bn to build 60,000 new starter homes, none were built. David O'Leary, policy director at Home Builders Federation, said that even though starter homes had not got off the ground, the scheme had not been a total failure.

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