Serious flaws in HomeBuilder process means some are missing out

Tasmanian Labor

· Michael Ferguson must fix flaws in HomeBuilder process

· Banks aren’t accepting the grant as a deposit

· Scheme needs improving to stimulate the economy

Flaws in the process for delivering HomeBuilder grants means many Tasmanians are missing out.

Shadow Minister for Building and Construction Jen Butler said Labor has heard from several people having major problems with the way the grant is administered.

“One example is Laura who is a single mother with two children and is currently renting at $460 per week,” Ms Butler said.

“She saved $23,500, purchased land at Sorell and applied to her bank with the expectation she could access the HomeBuilder and use that for part of her deposit.

“Laura’s bank won’t accept the HomeBuilder grant as part of the deposit therefore she will continue renting for another 2-3 years and try to save while paying $460 in rent, which is higher than what her mortgage payments would be.

“While we appreciate the government has recently amended the process so that the funds may be paid directly to the applicant’s bank , not all banks are accepting the funds as part of the deposit.

“Labor is urging Michael Ferguson to fix this loophole by strengthening the process to ensure that grant funding is provided directly to the banks as security, as is the case with the First Home Owners Grant.

“The HomeBuilder grant scheme is meant to stimulate the Tasmanian economy and create a continuous stream of work to support the building and construction sector and this simply isn’t happening with this way the process stands.”

Jen Butler MP

Shadow Minister for Building and Construction

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