The latest round of budget measures have done little to encourage those of us involved in building homes for people who need them. The new Help-to-Buy scheme launched in the chancellor's recent budget will only serve to drive already inflated property prices even higher, and further out of the reach of those on the lower rungs of society's ladder. At a time when courage is needed to kick-start the nation into building more homes again, we find there is little to get really excited about. We are committed to serving the neediest in society who would normally be excluded from either home ownership or rental and can only do what we do if there is some form of subsidy for a scheme – whether in the form of reduced land price, access to grants or subsidised rents. As a charitable developer/contractor, Habitat for Humanity is keen to get hold of suitable land to build quality, environmentally sound, affordable homes for people in housing need. However, with councils and other statutory bodies unwilling...