Right to Buy

Peers call for strategies to develop ‘under-performing’ rural areas

29/04/2019

Local authorities should develop their own strategies for realising the ‘potential in struggling and under-performing’ rural areas, committee says.

Unjust enrichment?

23/04/2019

Housing authorities should take care when relying upon valuations that will feed into section 125 notices, says Amy Rogers, of the disputes team at Cripps.

ALMOs unable to replace 31% of Right to Buy sales in 2018

05/04/2019

Local authority housing companies were unable to replace 31% of properties sold under Right to Buy, a new survey has revealed.

Homeownership schemes failing ‘less well off’

04/04/2019

The Government’s homeownership schemes are failing those on low and middle incomes, according to a provider of affordable rent to buy homes.

‘Suspend’ costly Right to Buy scheme, housing body says

29/03/2019

Right to Buy is ‘reducing’ the number of affordable homes available at a time when homelessness is on the rise, warns Chartered Institute of Housing.

Right to Buy should be more ‘flexible’, think tank says

22/10/2018

Social housing tenants should be given the option of using the value of their Right to Buy discount to purchase a different home, a think tank has argued.

Councils call for extension on time limit for all Right to Buy receipts

09/10/2018

District councils have urged the Government to extend the time limit for spending Right to Buy receipts for both existing and future receipts.

Right to buy sales continue to outstrip replacements

13/09/2018

Councils have only been able to replace around one in three homes sold under right to buy, new figures have revealed today.

Council to bid for up to £150m to build 1,000 new homes

06/09/2018

Newham Council has announced plans to bid for up to £150m funding to build around 1,000 new council homes.

Brokenshire unveils £200m Right to Buy pilot

16/08/2018

The Government has launched a £200m pilot scheme to boost social home ownership.

Ready and able to build more council homes

14/08/2018

What role does a council have in tackling increasing private rental costs and low wages? Cllr Darren Rodwell is leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, explains.

Councils welcome possible reform of Right to Buy

14/08/2018

Town hall chiefs have welcomed a new consultation into how they are allowed to spend the money raised from Right to Buy sales.

Councils only able to replace one in four homes sold under right to buy

28/06/2018

Councils have only been able to replace 4,944 of the 11,465 homes sold under right to buy in 2017/18, new government figures have revealed.

Time to restructure Right to Buy?

18/06/2018

Neil Merrick finds out why councils are struggling to replace only a fraction of the homes sold under Right to Buy, and explores how the housing policy could be improved.

Ability to replace Right to Buy homes almost ‘eliminated’, council chiefs warn

11/06/2018

Local authority leaders have warned their ability to replace homes sold under Right to Buy (RTB) will be all but eliminated within five years without ‘major reform’.

Sadiq Khan announces plan to build 10,000 council houses

16/05/2018

The mayor of London today announced a ‘modern comeback for council housing’ with plans to build 10,000 new homes over the next four years.

Government commitment to replace homes sold through Right to Buy ‘in tatters’

03/04/2018

Whitehall has been blasted by the opposition as new figures reveal only one social home is being built for every three sold off under the Right to Buy scheme.

Only 4.3% of government housing subsidy spent on new homes

21/03/2018

More than 95% of the government’s housing subsidy was spent on housing benefit and support for mortgage interest, new analysis has revealed.

Councils warn Right to Buy discounts have reached £3.5bn

02/02/2018

Nearly £3.5bn in Right to Buy (RTB) discounts to council tenants over the past six years, new figures have revealed today.

More than 150,000 homes for social rent lost in five years

31/01/2018

More than 150,000 of the most affordable rented homes have been lost across England in just five years, new research has revealed.

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13/12/2017

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More than 23,000 social homes were sold last year

24/11/2017

The number of properties sold by local authorities under the Right to Buy scheme has increased by 10% in the past year, new figures have revealed.

Right to Buy will ‘grind to a halt’ without reforms, councils warn

13/11/2017

Councils can only afford to replace a third of homes sold under Right to Buy putting the future of the scheme at risk, council leaders have warned today.

Right to Buy ‘devastating’ social housing stock, new figures reveal

28/06/2017

Council homes are being sold off almost three times faster than local authorities can replace them, research reveals.

Affordable homes not being replaced under Right to Buy warn Lib Dems

16/03/2017

Only one in five homes sold off under Right to Buy since 2012 have been replaced, Liberal Democrats have said today.

Wales considers abolishing Right to Buy

13/03/2017

The Welsh government has introduced legislation aimed at abolishing Right to Buy in order to protect its stock of social housing from further reduction.

Welsh council looking to suspend Right to Buy policy

13/02/2017

Right to Buy could be suspended in Cardiff for five years in a bid to protect the city’s social housing stock.

Give councils more freedom on housing decisions says think tank

17/11/2016

Councils should be given the freedom to decide how and where new housing can be delivered, a think tank has argued.

Cardiff considers suspending Right to Buy

07/11/2016

Right to Buy could be suspended in Cardiff, after the council outlined plans to protect its level of social housing stock.

Labour would scrap Right to Buy

26/09/2016

A Labour government would reverse the pay-to-stay policy and suspend Right to Buy, according to shadow housing minister, Teresa Pearse.

More than 56,000 households buy homes under revived Right to Buy

22/09/2016

Over 50,000 households have purchased a home in the last four years under the Government’s Right to Buy scheme, new figures show.

Councils call for urgent reform of Right to Buy rules

11/08/2016

Councils have called for an overhaul of Right to Buy rules, after figures showed they are struggling to build new homes to replace those sold off.

London council launches alternative to Right to Buy

01/07/2016

An innovative scheme launched by an east London council will enable tenants to buy a stake in their home while ensuring the local authority retains its housing stock.

New Right to Buy toolkit launched

29/06/2016

Whitehall has launched an online toolkit to help with in the increase in demand for council tenants buying their own properties, as the Welsh Government announces plans to scrap Right to Buy for social housing.

Right to Buy extension to cost councils £26m a year

04/05/2016

The average English council will need to pay £26m a year to fund the Government’s Right to Buy extension, housing charity warns.

Whitehall should be 'embarrassed' by PAC report

29/04/2016

Whitehall should be ‘embarrassed’ by findings of a public accounts committee (PAC) report into the extension of right to buy, according to committee’s chair. 

Right to buy amendment causes concern over forced sale of housing stock

07/04/2016

Councils could be forced to sell their housing stock by the secretary of state, after changes were made to the wording of the Housing and Planning Bill.

Construction must increase 'five-fold' to fulfil Right-to-Buy pledge, watchdog warns

16/03/2016

The building of homes to replace those sold off under Right-to-Buy (RtB) needs to increase 'five-fold' to meet the Governments promise of one-for-one replacement, a spending watchdog warns.

Council looks to suspend Right to Buy

15/03/2016

A Welsh council is looking to suspend its Right to Buy scheme for the next five years in order to protect its affordable housing stock.

Elderly hit hard by great British bungalow sell-off

04/03/2016

Bungalows, which are mostly occupied by sick and disabled elderly tenants, are almost three times more likely to be sold off in order to fund Right to Buy, a new study reveals.

Rise in social housing tenants planning to buy home

18/02/2016

More than half of local authority tenants who would like to get onto the property ladder intend to buy their current home, according to new figures published today.

Right to Buy discounts should be funded by Whitehall not councils, committee says

10/02/2016

Right to Buy (RTB) discounts for housing association tenants should be funded by central Government rather than through a ‘levy’ on local authorities, according to a local government committee.

Council offers £40,000 cash in place of Right to Buy discount

08/02/2016

A London council is offering housing tenants a £40,000 cash payment not to buy their council house in a bid to protect its housing stock.

Are Starter Homes a non-starter?

02/02/2016

Mike Brogan warns that the government's Starter Homes policy could exacerbate the housing crisis.

80,000 council homes could be lost by 2020, warn town hall chiefs

29/01/2016

Council leaders have warned that at least 80,000 social homes could be lost by the end of the decade.

Figures show 11,000 housing association tenants apply to buy home

11/12/2015

Nearly 200 housing association tenants every day are registering their interest to buy their property though the extended Right to Buy scheme, according to official figures.

Pilot opens for right to buy extension

07/12/2015

A pilot project offering housing association tenants a discount to buy their own home has begun in South Norfolk.

Spending Review: Osborne doubles housing budget

25/11/2015

The country’s ‘biggest affordable house building programme since the 1970s’ has been unveiled in today’s spending review by the chancellor.

Council suspends Right to Buy scheme

18/11/2015

A third Welsh council has opted to suspend the controversial Right to Buy scheme in a bid to cope with a shortage of social housing.

Right to Buy sales rise by 5%

13/11/2015

Latest figures show local authorities sold more than 12,300 homes through the Right to Buy scheme in the last year.

Thousands of council homes at risk from right to buy

15/10/2015

A new study by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) found that an estimated 7000 council houses a year could be lost when right-to-buy is extended to housing associations.

Healey accuses Government of doing a ‘back-room deal’ with housing associations

13/10/2015

The shadow housing minister, John Healey, has accused the Government of doing a ‘back-room deal’ with housing associations in an attempt to extend right-to-buy to their tenants.

Government signs Right to Buy extension agreement

08/10/2015

The Government has approved the voluntary deal put forward by housing associations to open up Right to Buy to 1.3m households.

Osborne outlines four-point infrastructure plan

05/10/2015

The chancellor has announced a four-point plan that, he claims, will change the way vital infrastructure projects are planned, determined and funded.

Extending Right to Buy to housing association tenants will cost £6bn

05/10/2015

Extending the Right to Buy scheme to housing association tenants will cost £6bn over the next four years, according to a new analysis.

Housing associations vote in favour of voluntary Right to Buy deal

05/10/2015

The majority of housing associations have voted in favour of making a voluntary deal with Government on extending its Right to Buy policy.

Councils to 'reconsider' links with HAs over Right to Buy deal

02/10/2015

Councils have urged housing associations not to make a deal with the Government over plans to extend Right to Buy.

Councils should have been consulted on Right to Buy agreement warn housing bodies

02/10/2015

The National Federation of ALMOs (NFA) and the Association of Retained Council Housing (ARCH) have expressed their disappointment that the government did not consult them in relation to the voluntary agreement to extend the Right to Buy (RTB) to housing association tenants.

Housing chiefs offer voluntary Right to Buy deal

25/09/2015

The Government may avoid having to use legislation to extend Right to Buy, after housing associations have put forward their own voluntary proposals for reforming the scheme.

Councils warned to be upfront about Right to Buy restrictions

03/09/2015

A council has come under fire after it failed to inform two homeowners about restrictions affecting their ex-council properties.

Councils face ‘huge’ rise in Right to Buy scams

28/07/2015

Right to Buy fraud has more than doubled across London in the past year, with boroughs detecting scams worth almost £26m.

Budget 2015: Osborne clamps down on high earners in social housing

08/07/2015

High earners living in social housing will no longer be entitled to reduced rents, under plans announced in today’s Emergency Budget.

Cameron outlines new housing measures

06/07/2015

The Government has confirmed it will be pushing ahead with plans to extend the controversial Right to Buy policy.

Mayor under pressure to probe Right to Buy impact on London

02/07/2015

The mayor of London has been urged to investigate the implications of the Right to Buy extension by The London Assembly, who warn it will prevent councils from delivering affordable housing.

Housing chief blasts Right to Buy expansion as ‘dangerously bad’

12/06/2015

The chief of UK housing associations has warned Right to Buy expansion is a ‘dangerously bad’ policy that would hamper national ambition.

Kerslake hits out at Right to Buy plans

01/06/2015

The government’s extension of Right to Buy has been branded ‘wrong in principle and practice’ by the former head of the civil service.

Councils face selling off thousands of homes under Right to Buy

28/05/2015

Three councils have predicted they will have to sell as many as 3,500 council homes in five years to fund planned Right to Buy extensions.

Queen's Speech 2015: Housing Bill outlined

27/05/2015

Council chiefs have demanded a lead role in housebuilding and greater powers to help deliver the Government’s Housing Bill commitments outlined today.

Queen's Speech 2015: Devolution, Right to Buy and welfare reform

27/05/2015

Proposals to ensure the devolution of cities and expand Right to Buy to social housing tenants were outlined in the first Conservative Queen’s Speech in nearly two decades today.

Clark vows Right to Buy expansion will ‘add to housing stock’

26/05/2015

Communities secretary Greg Clark has vowed extensions to the Government’s Right to Buy scheme will not lower numbers of affordable housing.

Private landlords ‘abusing’ housing benefit says GMB

28/04/2015

A list of the 20 private landlords who received the most housing benefit from councils in 2013/14 has been published by GMB.

Housing plays key role in Conservative manifesto

15/04/2015

Councils will be forced to sell off expensive vacant properties and replace them with affordable housing, under plans announced in the Conservative’s General Election manifesto.

Private landlords receive £9.3bn housing benefits a year, finds research

15/04/2015

Private landlords received £9.3bn last year in housing benefit, according to new research from GMB.

Conservative plans for Right to Buy extension ‘won’t stack up’

14/04/2015

Housing chiefs have rounded on Conservative plans to extend Right to Buy to 1.3m tenants in housing association properties.

Council company spends £20m buying back Right to Buy houses

24/03/2015

A London borough is spending over £20m to repurchase and refurbish 45 flats previously sold off under Right to Buy.

Exempt rural councils from Right to Buy says housing group

26/02/2015

Rural communities should be exempt from Right to Buy, with more powers introduced to help councils retain receipts from sales, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

Housing sector calls for ‘council housing renaissance’

03/02/2015

Councils should be given more freedom to help them replace homes under Right to Buy, under proposals set out by two housing bodies today.

Right to Buy sales to outstrip new council homes in London, says Labour

27/01/2015

The number of homes sold under the government's reinvigorated Right to Buy scheme is expected to far outstrip the building of new ones over the next decade, according to a new report.

Council suspends Right to Buy

23/01/2015

A council has become the first to suspend its Right to Buy scheme in Wales.

Right to Buy condemned by housing chief

12/08/2014

A council housing chief has condemned the Government’s Right to Buy scheme as a ‘financial straitjacket’ for residents.

Right to Buy discount cap increased

06/08/2014

Right to Buy discounts for council housing tenants have been increased to as much as £77,000 off the value of their home outside London.

Council chiefs call for action on housing crisis 'nightmare'

07/07/2014

Council leaders are calling for more freedom to deliver new housing, including scrapping the housing borrowing cap and setting up council-led local land trusts.

Sandwell probes a fifth of Right to Buy sales

30/06/2014

One in five homes sold in Sandwell via Right to Buy over the last two years is being investigated amid concerns of fraud.

Right to Buy scrapped in Scotland

26/06/2014

The Right to Buy social housing in Scotland will come to an end in two years, after a new housing bill was passed.

Council offers grants to unlock affordable housing

19/06/2014

Wandsworth Council is to use right to buy sales to provide developers with funding to build affordable homes for rent in the borough.

Right to Buy revenues driving house building

16/05/2014

Revenues from Right to Buy sales have helped put house building by councils at a 23-year high, according to new figures published yesterday.

Taxpayers ‘robbed’ by Right to Buy, says report

13/01/2014

Over a third of council homes sold through Right to Buy in London are now owned by private landlords, according to figures in a new report.

Pickles reveals Right to Buy shake up

03/01/2014

Social tenants will be able to purchase residences at a 70% discount under a newly expanded Right to Buy.

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