Wednesday 30 June 2021 / 10:30 PM Housing / Lucy Powell

Stamp Duty cut more than cancelled out by turbo-charged house price increase for homebuyers

Ahead of changes to the stamp duty holiday today (Thursday 1st July) Labour has accused the government of having the wrong priorities on housing pushing the dream of homeownership further out of reach for many.

Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary Lucy Powell has accused Ministers of a failed approach to housing, highlighting that homeownership is down after a decade of Conservative government, and that Ministers’ lack of focus on fundamentally addressing affordability is fuelling the housing crisis many face.

Average house prices in England have rocketed in the last year, by 9 per-cent, or £21,956, according to the latest official ONS figures. Analysis shows that the £3419 savings from stamp duty for the average house are dwarfed by these sky-high increases. With Nationwide illustrating this week that prices have risen 13.4% in the year to June, at their fasted pace in 17 years, these savings could be even smaller.

Even on a conservative estimate, on the basis of turbo-charged house prices first time buyers are paying an extra £18,537 for their first home compared to this time last year. In some regions outside London, the difference is, on average, even higher.  First time buyers in the North East and West Midlands have to find an extra £20,000, with those in Yorkshire and Humber, the North West, and South West amongst the hardest hit.

Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary Lucy Powell MP said:

“First time buyers have been further squeezed out of the housing market by the government’s failed approach, which has turbo charged an already buoyant housing market that had pent up demand even before the stamp duty holiday was introduced.

“They’ve given a huge tax break to the housing sector without addressing the fundamental issues of affordability. As a result, the dream of homeownership is now even further out of reach for first time buyers who are now priced out of the market. Ten years of a Conservative Government with the wrong priorities, has failed to tackle the housing emergency.”