Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has given his support to George Osborne's sweeping cuts to stamp duty because "this is a way in which we can help people on middle and low incomes who are moving homes".
However, he told Good Morning Britain the Conservatives were still not doing enough to help wages rise, leaving everyone worse off and bringing in less tax revenue for the government.
The Chancellor must tell voters whether what he's proposing is really a re-think of the role of the state.
For all the criticism of spending reductions under the Coalition, there are actually more cuts to come after 2015.
Could what seems like a lifeline for buyers - the overhaul of the unpopular stamp duty - actually make it harder to land a property?