Budget 2015 - Property

Published at 14:33 PM on 18 March 2015

In response to the Chancellor's Budget statement on new initiatives to help address the housing shortage in the capital and beyond, Robert Walker, PwC real estate director, said:

"The Chancellor's announcements of new Help to Buy ISAs and housing investment show he wasn't joking about 'fixing the roof' as the sun starts to shine.

"More detail is needed behind the creation of the 20 new housing zones and investment to tackle the housing shortage in the capital. But the new Help to Buy ISAs for first-time buyers is a welcome bonus for prospective home-owners - assuming house prices don't rise in anticipation of their ability to pay more.

"Some of the questions around changes to Capital Gains Tax for non-UK residents remain to be answered. We're hoping for more clarity from the Chancellor next week in the Finance Bill.

"Overall this looks like a Budget to help lay the foundations for major house-building - not just in the capital but in the regions too."

ENDS

Caroline Underwood

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