Housing minister Kris Hopkins visited Castleford this week to meet residents who have benefitted from the government’s Help to Buy scheme.
Mr Hopkins met first-time buyers at the Navigation Point development, on Cinder Lane, on Thursday.
He spoke to mum Sophie Roberts, who has used the scheme to buy a two-bedroom property.
Mr Hopkins said: “Help to Buy was introduced for the benefit of the whole country because the government is determined to ensure that anyone who works hard and wants to buy their own home should have the chance to do so.
“The scheme has proved a valuable alternative to the bank of mum and dad and because each home sold is a new-build, the scheme is also getting Yorkshire building again and creating career opportunities for local people.”
Mr Hopkins was in the town after new figures showed that almost 1,300 people across Yorkshire had used the Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme to buy their first home since it was launched last year.
Mrs Roberts said: “Navigation Point offered the perfect-sized house for us, and we were able to buy thanks to the Help to Buy scheme.
“It’s close to our families and the fact that the development will in future include a park and shops made it ideal for us and our family.”
Mr Hopkins also met apprentice joiner Louis Crossland and trainee site manager Wasim Iqbal, who have both started new careers thanks to the scheme.
He added: “I am really pleased to see that Yorkshire is voting with their feet and using the Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme to get onto the property ladder.”
For more information on the Help to Buy scheme visit www.helptobuy.gov.uk or for support with finances call the Money Advice Service on 0300 500 5000.