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Individual Savings Accounts: Greater London

Question for Treasury

UIN 160559, tabled on 26 April 2022

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will increase the £450,000 cap of the Lifetime ISA for London residents given that the average property price in London is £667,000.

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28 April 2022

The Lifetime ISA is intended to support younger people to save for their first home or for later life by offering a generous government bonus of 25% on up to £4,000 of savings each year. These funds, including the government bonus, can be used to purchase a first home up to the value of £450,000.

This price cap remains above the average price paid by first-time buyers for all regions of the UK, except for inner London where property prices are distorted by boroughs with significant property values. The Government therefore considers that the £450,000 price cap is suitable to support the majority of first-time buyers across the UK, who typically purchase less expensive properties than other buyers, while also ensuring sustainable public finances. The most recent Office for Budget Responsibility forecast stated that bonus payments will have an exchequer cost of £3.5 billion between 2021 and 2027. The price cap ensures that this significant investment of public money is more precisely targeted towards households that may find it more difficult to get onto the property ladder.

First-time buyers who can purchase a home valued over £450,000 are likely to have an income significantly above that of the average household in the UK and are therefore more likely to be able to purchase a first home without the support of this scheme.

However, the Government continues to keep all aspects of savings policy under review.

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