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Is the 'Help to Buy' scheme working in the East?

In the latest in our reports on housing in the East, we look at the Government's 'Help to Buy' scheme.

It was launched by the Prime Minister in our region and it seems we've embraced the scheme more enthusiastically than anywhere else in Britain.

Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and Peterborough have been among the biggest users of Help to Buy - which enables people to buy a home with a 5% deposit.

But critics of the scheme say that, by backing up people's mortgages, the government is encouraging us to get into debt - and will push up house prices.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper

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Building our way out of the Housing Shortage?

In the latest in our 'Home Truths' investigation series, we continue our look at housing in the East - the conflict between the need for more homes, and the desire to protect the environment.

The government's laid out plans to build up to three new garden cities to deal with the chronic housing shortage in the South East, calling for local councils to volunteer for development.

Click below to watch a report for the West of the region

Click below to watch a report for the East of the region

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Home Truths: Elodie Harper examines the changing housing market in the East

An investigation by ITV News has found foreign investors are buying up properties in Cambridge and leaving them empty to make a profit.

With so many people desperate to get a foot on the ladder, the head of housing at Cambridge City Council has called the revelation 'abhorrent'

Properties in Cambridge are among the most in demand in the country, with only London prices higher.

In the first of our series Home Truths, Elodie Harper examines the changing housing market in the East.

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