THE government has released figures revealing for the first time the amount of stamp duty collected
THE government has released figures revealing for the first time the amount of stamp duty collected in 2014-2015 across the country — including by county.
Across the United Kingdom £10.7billion was collected over the year — a new record and up from £9.27bn in 2013-2014.
In December last year ministers announced changes to stamp duty which means most people now pay less but as more homes have been bought and sold in the strong housing market the amount collected was still higher.
In Oxfordshire, the stamp duty collected over the year was £4.7million — up from £4.2million in 2013-2014.
Local housebuilder David Wilson Homes has welcomed the statistics as evidence of the strength of the housing market.
Gary Ennis, southern regional managing director for Barratt Developments, which includes David Wilson Homes, said: “The increase in the total amount collected by government indicates how strong the housing market is in Oxfordshire.
“Thanks to the reduction of stamp duty costs, together with Help to Buy, the upfront costs of buying a new home are lower now than they have been for many years.
“This is helping make home ownership a much more affordable reality for many first-time buyers throughout Oxfordshire, as well as providing a major boost for those looking to move up the ladder and into a bigger family home.”