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Number of homes sold with help to buy: FOI release

Published: 7 Nov 2017

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/17/02297
Date received: 9 October 2017
Date responded: 3 November 2017

Information requested

1. Please confirm the total number of homes sold through help to buy, broken down by year,since the scheme was launched.

2. Please provide a breakdown showing how many people benefited from the scheme in each of the following salary bands:

  1. Under £20,000
  2. £20,001-£29,999
  3. £30,000-£39,999
  4. £40,000-£49,999
  5. £50,000-£59,999
  6. £60,000-£69,999
  7. £70,000-£79,999
  8. £80,000-£89,999
  9. £90,000-£99,999
  10. £100,000+ (if any recipients are in this band please specify the highest salary)

3. Please provide the total monetary value of the government loan, broken down by year, since the scheme was launched.

Response

The total number of properties purchased with assistance from the Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme and the total value of Scottish Government equity stake by financial year can be found at https://beta.gov.scot/publications/help-to-buy-scotland-monitoring-information-report-2013-2016/ for 2013-14 to 2015-16 and at https://beta.gov.scot/publications/help-to-buy-scotland-monitoring-information-report/ for 2016-17. Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. If, however, you do not have internet access to obtain this information from the website(s) listed, then please contact me again and I will send you a paper copy.

The Scottish Government does not hold details of the salaries of people supported through Help to Buy (Scotland) (HTB). We collect information by gross income band of households, which could include the salaries of more than one person, supported through sales log forms used to monitor the characteristics of buyers supported through Help to Buy (Scotland), for which the top banding category used in the sales log form is "Over £100,000". 41% of the sales log forms were returned in the period September 2013 to March 2016. The Scottish Government has yet to receive the data from sales log forms for 2016/17. The table below shows the numbers supported by household income band and financial year of the scheme based on the purchase log form returns.

Household Income Financial Year
13/14 14/15 15/16 Total
£20,000 and under 22 39 34 95
£20,001-£30,000 87 201 181 469
£30,001-£40,000 115 325 306 746
£40,001-£50,000 90 391 278 759
£50,001-£60,000 70 308 185 563
£60,001-£70,000 37 211 72 320
£70,001-£80,000 26 125 27 178
£80,001-£90,000 16 55 8 79
£90,001-£100,000 10 34 3 47
Over £100,000 5 23 3 31

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Contact

Please quote the FOI reference

Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

Published:
7 Nov 2017
Number of homes sold with help to buy: FOI release