Support for local first-time buyers

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DOZENS of first-time buyers will be supported onto the property ladder after Derbyshire County Council approved a £2 million investment in schemes to help secure mortgages and boost the local economy.

On Monday, the authority’s cabinet agreed to join forces with LloydsTSB to launch the Derbyshire Lend a Hand Scheme, which will mean first-time buyers who meet the scheme’s criteria will be eligible for a mortgage with a preferential interest rate if they can raise a five per cent deposit.

Councillor Andrew Lewer, Derbyshire County Council Leader, said: “Many potential house buyers are finding it difficult to find a mortgage because of the high cost levels of existing 95 per cent mortgages.

“Buying your first home is an exciting time and we want to make it affordable to help people get started on the housing ladder.

“Every time a first-time buyer enters the property market it sparks another four transactions further up the chain. We know that this will provide a big boost for the Derbyshire economy during challenging financial times.”

The Derbyshire Lend a Hand Scheme is expected to be launched early next month. The county council aims to support at least 58 – and likely far more – first-time buyers to receive mortgages they might not otherwise get.

It will only be available on existing houses – not new builds – to maximise the knock-on effect it will have further up the housing chain.

LLoydsTSB will manage the scheme and borrowers will have to satisfy the usual mortgage qualification requirements.

To register your interest in the Derbyshire Lend a Hand Scheme go to