England: Parliament committee launch inquiry into future of housing associations
The UK Parliament’s communities and local government (CLG) committee has announced an inquiry into the viability and sustainability of housing associations in England.
The inquiry will look at the proposed extension of Right to Buy and how this and a number of other government measures may impact on the ability of housing associations to build and develop.
It will look to take lessons learned from the earlier experience of the Right to Buy, including the experience of Scotland where the policy will end for all council and housing association tenants on 1 August 2016.
The Housing Bill, to be published later this year, will enable the extension of the Right to Buy to housing association tenants, giving them the ability to buy their homes at a discount.
Clive Betts MP, chair of the communities and local government committee, said: “Providing people with a roof over their heads, and ensuring more homes are built, are central to our nation’s future. Uncertainty around the extension of the Right to Buy scheme, and issues arising from the impact of welfare reforms and from changes announced in the Budget, raise real questions about the future sustainability of housing associations. Our inquiry will examine the effect on housing associations, and particularly their ability to house their tenants and invest in building new homes, of government policies, including the extension of Right to Buy and the reduction in rental income announced in the Budget.”
The CLG committee is seeking evidence on the following points:
Proposals on the Right to Buy
Proposals in the Budget
Welfare reform proposals
Deadline for submissions
Written evidence should be submitted by Friday 28 August 2015. To submit evidence, visit this page.