Recycling is high on the household agenda of people in the south west and South Wales according to a new survey launched to coincide with Recycle Week. (September 25-October 1)
More than 80 per cent of people questioned in the One Poll survey confirmed that they recycle as much as possible and less than three per cent admitted to not caring about recycling.
The survey by five star housebuilder Barratt Homes revealed that men and women are equally committed to recycling but there was a definite difference in the approach of age groups.
Spreading the word
Almost 90 per cent of people aged 55 years or older say they recycle as much as possible but just 67 per cent of those aged between 18 and 24 years old were as committed to making a difference.
Barratt Homes sales director Andrea Pilgrim said it was great to see so many people have really taken on board the importance of recycling.
“While the recycling figures are really encouraging overall, I think we need to focus on encouraging younger people to recycle more,” said Andrea.
“Around 17 per cent of those aged between 18 and 24 years old admitted they only recycle when they remember and it would be good to encourage them to increase their recycling to match older age groups.”
Andrea said that as a company, Barratt Homes is committed to recycling as much as possible during the build process and is keen to encourage people of all age to follow suit.
“We currently recycle 95 per cent of construction waste and are committed to diverting waste from landfill and promote recycling and reuse wherever possible.”
The focus of Recycle Week this year is It’s Worth It with the message of the overall benefits of recycling.
House buyers can benefit from some of the lowest fixed rate mortgages ever launched with experts reporting a busy marketplace and plenty of choice coupled with incredibly low rates.
Adam Champion from the New Homes Group says a new mortgage just released offers a two year fixed rate at 0.99 per cent.
“We’re currently seeing some tremendous rates for buyers and this is one of the lowest rates ever launched,” said Adam. “It shows real confidence in the market and should encourage people to make a move this year.”
Busy housing market
He said the new rate comes at a time when there has been plenty of activity in the marketplace.
“In the last two years there have been more than 5,000 new mortgage products launched,” said Adam. “This represents an increase of more than 100 per cent in products available to those moving or remortgaging their current home.
“This means that we can offer buyers some great options and accommodate the needs of different buyers and their mortgage requirements,” added Adam.
Sara Parker from five star housebuilder Barratt Homes says the rates combined with the availability of Help to Buy is providing a great foundation for buyers in the south west.
Rates boost affordability
“Help to Buy has proved extremely valuable to so many homebuyers and with these great rates we believe that now is a great time for people to make that move or buy their first home,” she said.
Help to Buy allows any homebuyer to secure a brand new home under the value of £600,000 with just a five per cent deposit. The government lends the buyer 20 per cent of the value of the property in the form of an interest free equity loan for five years, meaning that buyers then gain access to some of the great mortgage rates currently available with just a 75 per cent mortgage. Available to all homebuyers, not just first timers, the scheme helps anyone looking for a boost up the property ladder.
The Help to Buy equity loan scheme in the UK, which has helped tens of thousands of people to buy a new home, will continue until 2021 it has been confirmed.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) issued a statement amid reports that the scheme was set to be scrapped soon. Since its launch in 2013 it has helped more than 120,000 buyers.
‘We remain committed to the Help to Buy Equity Loan Scheme to 2021, ensuring it continues to support homebuyers and stimulate housing supply,’ the statement said.
‘The Government also recognise the need to create certainty for prospective home owners and developers beyond 2021, so will work with the sector to consider the future of the scheme,’ it added.
Under the scheme the Government lends a buyer up to 20% of the cost of newly built home so they need only a 5% cash deposit and a 75% mortgage to make up the rest. There are no loan fees on the 20% for the first five years of owning your home.