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PM’s speech on extending Right to Buy – Clive Betts, Levelling-Up Committee Chair, responds

9 June 2022

Clive Betts, Chair of the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities  Committee has responded to the Prime Minister’s speech today promising an extension of the existing right to buy policy to those who rent housing association properties.

Chair's comments

Clive Betts, Chair of the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities  Committee, said:

 

“The Prime Minister needs to make clear that if the Government presses ahead with extending the right to buy for those renting housing association properties, it is vital the money goes back into the system of social housing so that new homes can be made available for low-cost rent and purchase.

 

The success of an extended Right to Buy policy will surely depend upon the homes sold being replaced and the housing supply being maintained. I hope the Government will explain how this policy will safeguard the provision of accessible and affordable housing, particularly affordable rented property.

 

It’s important the Government comes forward with more detail on this housing policy to back up the PM’s words. Extending Right to Buy will not be a cost-free policy, so further detail on how this is to be funded and how it will provide for the construction costs of new homes is essential. Those who need low-cost homes should not pay the price of this policy. The Government should commit to ensuring current social housing is replaced on a like-for-like basis - a house that is sold should not be replaced by a flat.

 

The Government will also need to explain how it will overcome the legal hurdles of forcing housing associations, who are independent bodies, to sell their assets. The Government should also indicate whether they intend to require the agreement of housing associations in implementing this policy.”

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