Stamp Duty: Labour condemns ‘huge bung’ in chancellor’s changes


Laboriousness has criticised the government’s move on stamp duty, saying it gives a “jumbo bung” to second homeowners.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a incline in the threshold on Wednesday – meaning people would not have to pay stamp loyalty for properties under £500,000.

Second homeowners will also benefit from the cut, although they transfer still pay stamp duty at 3% up to £500,000.

Labour said including the gang would cost the taxpayer £1.3bn, which could be better gone elsewhere.

The party has written to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, business for him to exclude second properties from the cut and use the money to fund local caucuses

A Treasury spokesman said the move would “help drive evolvement and support jobs across the house building and property sectors”.

Mr Sunak set a raft of measures during his summer statement, which he said hand down help boost the economy in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

But Labour boss Sir Keir Starmer said some elements – such as the job retention honorarium – should be “targeted in the areas which most need it, not across the fragment”.

Stamp duty holiday

Before Wednesday’s announcement, stamp work in England and Northern Ireland was paid on land or property sold for £125,000 or sundry, while first-time buyers did not pay on property up to £300,000.

Anyone buying a property extreme than those prices would have to pay stamp duty, but people buying a move home – such as a rental or holiday property – would be charged an subsidiary 3%.

Until 31 March 2021, stamp duty will now be axed for any client purchasing a property under £500,000 – but second home owners desire still need to pay the 3% surcharge.

The next portion of the property’s value (£500,001 to £925,000) will be taxed at 5%, and the £575,000 after that (£925,001 to £1.5 million) purposefulness be taxed at 10% – with the additional 3% added if it is a second well-informed in.

Labour said the new rules meant a “major reduction” in stamp job for second homeowners at a cost of £1.3bn to the taxpayer.

The party said the hard cash should be used to help cover gaps in local council funding, which the Adjoining Government Association predicts will be £1.2bn by the end of 2020.

Shadow housing secretary Thangam Debbonaire hinted: “It is unacceptable that the chancellor tried to sneak out this huge bung to sponsor homeowners and landlords while many are desperate for support.

“He should be objective support to those who need it, not helping people invest in buy-to-let fortunes and holiday homes.”

She added: “An unnecessary subsidy for second homeowners require only worsen the housing crisis by reducing the supply of homes inclusive.”

‘Drive growth’

A spokesman for the Treasury said the housing market had been “hit alcoholic by the outbreak”, adding: “We are doing everything we can to get the country moving again.

“Our cut in cast duty will help drive growth and support jobs across the forebears building and property sectors.

“Those buying second homes or buy-to-let acreages will continue to pay an additional 3% on top of the standard SDLT (Stamp Allegiance Land Tax) rates.”

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