Right to buy



Blog: Looking at the big policy picture

CIH is in a unique position to look at how housing policy is changing across the UK. With a policy presence in each nation it can take a look at the big picture. So what’s happening, what’s different, and what’s the same? Jon Barnes takes a look at the findings of CIH’s recent briefing for members.

Published 1 September 2016

Home Group to help English tenants buy their homes

Affordable housing provider Home Group has devised a way to help its customers overcome one of the biggest barriers to owning a place of their own – saving for a deposit while paying rent.

Published 23 August 2016

Call to scrap Right to Buy in England amid sharp drop in replacement homes

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for England to follow Scotland’s lead and scrap Right to Buy (RTB) after new figures revealed a sharp drop in the number of new homes councils were able to get underway to replace those sold off under the policy.

Published 12 August 2016

Blog: Right-to-Buy – a welcome obituary

A welcome obituary for Right to Buy in Scotland, from Shelter Scotland director Graeme Brown.

Published 2 August 2016

Final days of Right to Buy in Scotland

The right of tenants to buy their council houses in Scotland will finally come to an end this week.

Published 29 July 2016

Right to Buy to be abolished in Wales

The Right to Buy scheme has been outlined to be abolished under a bill due to be introduced later this year.

Published 30 June 2016

Blog: Justified criticism of Right to Buy extension

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was right in its criticism of the extended right to buy, says CIH policy adviser John Perry.

Published 17 May 2016

CIH welcomes Public Account Committee’s Right to Buy report

A report which raises a number of issues relating to plans to extend the Right to Buy to 1.3 million housing association tenants in England has been welcomed by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

Published 3 May 2016

UK news: Right to Buy extension plan ‘speculative and vague’

The UK government’s plan to extend Right to Buy discounts to 1.3 million housing association tenants in England has been described as “entirely speculative” by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Published 29 April 2016

Scotland 2016 housing debate tackles housebuilding, homelessness and Right to Buy

BBC current affairs programme Scotland 2016 held a housing debate last night ahead of next week’s election for the Scottish Parliament.

Published 27 April 2016

Welsh council backs moves to suspend Right to Buy

Isle of Anglesey County Council has approved plans to suspend the Right to Buy scheme for five years in order to protect affordable rented housing.

Published 16 March 2016

MPs criticise 'extremely questionable' housing association Right to Buy funding model

The UK government’s extension of the Right to Buy (RTB) should be funded by central government rather than a levy on local councils, an influential committee of MPs said today.

Published 10 February 2016

England: Housing associations launch voluntary Right to Buy pilot

Five housing associations in England have opened applications to allow tenants to own their own home under the UK government’s new Voluntary Right to Buy scheme.

Published 26 January 2016

England: 7,000 council homes a year could be lost if right to buy funding gap isn’t closed

Almost 7,000 council homes a year could be lost when right to buy is extended to housing associations in England if no extra funding is provided, according to new analysis.

Published 15 October 2015

England: Housing associations vote for voluntary Right to Buy deal

The majority of housing associations in England have voted in favour of making a voluntary deal with the UK government to extend its Right to Buy policy.

Published 6 October 2015