Steve Morgan, founder and chairman of housebuilder Redrow, has said stamp duty increases are killing off the central-London prime property market. Mr Morgan said: “Central London has been killed by stamp duty. It has killed off all the high-end properties. Houses approaching £1m have been decimated by the quite frankly outrageous stamp-duty taxes. The Government is collecting less money as a result. Why would the Chancellor want to take less taxes… It’s killing the golden goose isn’t it?” His comments followed research from the property agent Knight Frank showing that stamp-duty takings in London were down by £105m to £2bn in the first 10 months of last year.