Bedfordshire family guests of the Prime Minister after buying new home
02 April 2015
A Bedfordshire couple who were able to buy a Persimmon Homes house thanks to the Help to Buy scheme were special guests of Prime Minister David Cameron at Number 10.
Sarah Paszkowski and partner Joe Turner from Heritage Gardens, Biggleswade, were invited to Downing Street for the reception and were joined by people from around the country who also used the Government initiative.
They were greeted by Mr Cameron who spoke about the importance of Help to Buy in getting people onto the property ladder.
Miss Paszkowski, aged 28, and Mr Turner, 30, took advantage of the scheme which is a Government-backed equity loan that aims to make mortgages more readily available to those who cannot afford a large deposit.
It is available to first-time buyers and people already on the property ladder and requires just a five per cent deposit and a mortgage of up to 75 per cent of the value of the property.
Speaking at Number 10 last week Mr Cameron said: “When I became Prime Minister I could see there was something really wrong with our housing market. And it was pretty simple really. The lenders wouldn’t lend so the buyers couldn’t buy and so the builders couldn’t build. And something needed to happen to break that log jam.
“So we came up with the idea of Help to Buy which has really got the housing market moving again, got people buying again. But much more important than all the facts and figures about the 88,000 people who’ve managed to buy a home, is it really has, I think, helped to change people’s lives. What really matters is helping people to achieve their dreams and to achieve what they want in their lives.”
Miss Paszkowski said of her visit: “It was so nice for me Joe and our daughter Hadley to be invited to Downing Street. There were lots of people who had just got onto the property ladder and so it was nice to speak to them and see how it had changed their lives.
“The Prime Minister was lovely to me and Joe and he asked us about what type of home we were in and where we had moved from and what it meant to us.
“It’s great that Hadley can grow up and say she met the Prime Minister. I thought the speech he gave summed up what a lot of people there had been thinking.”
Cheryl Bissett, sales and marketing director for Persimmon Homes East Midlands, said: “We at Persimmon Homes are delighted that we were able to find Sarah and Joe a brand new home with the aid of the Help to Buy scheme.
“It’s an excellent initiative that has helped so many people and I’d encourage anyone who wishes to get onto the property ladder to visit one of many our expert sales teams or our website for more information.”
To find out more about Help to Buy visit www.persimmonhomes.com/help-to-buy