Savings: Help to Buy ISA providers named

Help to Buy ISA providers namedThe banks and building societies that are set to offer the Government’s new Help to Buy ISA (Individual Savings Account) have been named. The Help to Buy ISA was announced by George Osborne later this year and is designed to help first-time buyers save enough money for a house deposit. Figures show that the average purchase price paid by a first time buyer is £211,000, with an average deposit of 19% needed. How will the Help to Buy ISA work? First time buyers who take out a Help ...

Q & A: Everything you need to know about the ‘Help to Buy’ scheme

Everything you need to know about the ‘Help to Buy’ schemeSince the credit crunch both the Government and the Bank of England have taken significant steps to protect and kick-start the housing market. From keeping base rate at 0.5% for four years, to the NewBuy Scheme and then the Funding for Lending Scheme, both existing homeowners and prospective first time buyers have had significant help over the past few years. After an initial dip in house prices of ...

Banks must lend more or could lose bonuses under new government Green Paper

Banks may have to give cash reserved for banker bonuses to recession-hit firms, under government plans announced today. The proposals were published in a new Green Paper illustrating the state's concern over the lack of sufficient bank lending. Business Secretary Vince Cable warned lenders that they must begin providing credit to small and medium sized businesses to help boost the economy and avoid enforced regulation.