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Help to Buy yet to prove 'it is providing value for money'

Help to Buy, the Government scheme which aims to get more people onto the housing ladder, has come under fire for failing to show its providing value for money, from an influential group of MPs.

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PAC: Govt 'broke Treasury rules on Help to Buy'

The Government broke Treasury rules in order to launch its flagship Help To Buy policy by failing to carry out any of the assessments of alternative schemes, PAC have said.

Committee chair Margaret Hodge criticised the Government for failing to be cautious before handing out £10bn in loans.

This means it has committed to spending up to £10 billion on supporting Help to Buy without establishing whether it represents the most effective way of using taxpayers' money to achieve its objectives.

The department will not carry out a comprehensive evaluation of the scheme until 2015, by which time billions of pounds will already have been spent.

– Margaret Hodge

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