Scrapping Help to Buy is fraught with risk

The scheme has its flaws, but doing away with it now would be a huge gamble

24th September, 2017

With Budget 2018 just over two weeks away, the government’s decision on whether to retain or scrap the Help to Buy (HTB) scheme looms closer with every passing day.

Prompted by a cabinet reshuffle, a review of the scheme was initiated following concerns that it is behind the re-acceleration in the growth of residential property prices in Dublin, without delivering any meaningful increase in the supply of new homes.

Leaving aside the merits of...

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