Chancellor George Osborne has tweeted welcoming figures which show the Help to Buy mortgage scheme has been used in 7,313 purchases so far.
New stats show 85% of those using #HelptoBuy scheme are 1st time buyers. Helping hardworking people step onto the property ladder
More top news
The Black Friday madness got started early with police called to deal with hordes of frenzied bargain-hunters across the UK.
Paul Kohler, who was set on by four Polish men, said the attack was a thuggery issue, not an immigration problem.
Cricket stars, celebrities and fans have joined a social media campaign paying tribute to Phil Hughes by leaving their cricket bats out.