“Today’s numbers are welcome. It is good to see the scheme is having a positive impact in allowing first-time buyers from across the UK to achieve their dream of home ownership. “While many government schemes are helping, it is important to reflect on the wider picture rather than month-to-month figures. For example, the latest numbers from the government show housing starts over the past year going up and down like a yo-yo. It would be interesting to see what the figures would be like if the equity loan scheme did not exist. The question we must ask is when house building will gain its own momentum.” **Ends** For further enquiries, journalists can contact: Nicola York, CiceroPhone: 0207 297 5965 / 07841 864 107Email: Nicola.firstname.lastname@example.org Notes to Editors:For further information about Aldermore, our financial backers and our PR contacts, please review our Notes to Editors page.