Clare hails help for home buy­ers

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

The SNP can­di­date for Ruther­glen high­lighted her party’s suc­cess in help­ing first- time buy­ers as she ramps up her ef­forts to be­come an MSP.

Clare H aughey wel­comed news that 8,000 house­holds have been sup­ported to buy their own home through gov­ern­ment schemes.

Since 2013 the SNP gov­ern­ment has in­vested half a bil­lion pounds to help peo­ple pur­chase a new­build home through the orig­i­nal Help to Buy scheme and the suc­ces­sor Help to Buy (Scot­land) Af­ford­able Home Own­er­ship.

Over the six- year pe­riod this in­vest­ment is ex­pected to help up to 15,000 house­holds across Scot­land and sup­port jobs in the con­struc­tion sec­tor.

Ms Haughey said: “The new scheme targets re­sources specif­i­cally at af­ford­able homes and this ap­proach will help to not only tackle in­equal­i­ties but will widen ac­cess to home own­er­ship.

“The SNP gov­ern­ment are also sup­port­ing peo­ple on low to mod­er­ate in­comes with £80 mil­lion al­lo­cated to the Open Mar­ket Shared Eq­uity Scheme, which will help up to 2000 first-time buy­ers.”

A sec­ond SNP pol­icy wel­comed by Ms Haughey was the move to dou­ble the fine dished out for dog foul­ing.

Penal­ties for dog own­ers who do not pick up af­ter their pets will rise to £ 80 from Fri­day, April 1.

Clare said she wel­comed mea­sures to tackle the prob­lem, raised as a con­cern by res­i­dents in Ruther­glen, Cam­bus­lang and Half­way.

Home com­forts SNP can­di­date Clare Haughey

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