Section: Right to Buy

CIH says right to buy should be suspended following release of new figures

Posted 14.09.18
Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH): Article link

Figures just released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government have revealed that 2,452 homes were sold by councils in England under right to buy during April to June 2018, while 837 were started or acquired to replace them using receipts from the scheme.

Chartered Institute of Housing head of policy Melanie Rees said:

"Not only are we failing to build enough new homes for social rent, we are losing them at a time when we need them more than ever.

"Our analysis shows that we lost more than 150,000 social rented homes between 2012 and 2017 due to right to buy and other factors, and that figure will reach 230,000 by 2020 unless we take action now.

"We support the principle of helping tenants move into home ownership but it cannot be at the expense of other people in need.

"We know that the government is consulting on ways to make it easier for councils to replace the homes they sell under right to buy, which is welcome - but we still believe ministers should suspend the scheme to stem the loss of social rented homes and look at more effective ways to help people access home ownership."

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Updated 16.09.18

  • Manchester Evening News: Media Watch: Calls for 'Right to Buy' policy to be suspended in Greater Manchester - after 5,000 council houses were sold off and no replacements built.

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