Right to Buy Scheme

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 9th September 2013.

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Photo of Emma Lewell-Buck Emma Lewell-Buck Labour, South Shields

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes were purchased under the right to buy in (a) South Shields, (b) the North East and (c) the UK in each year since 2009-10.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister for Housing

Figures for South Shields constituency are not available. Figures are available at a local authority level and the relevant local authority for the South Shields constituency is South Tyneside. Between 2009-10 and 2012-13 there were 165 sales of local authority owned dwellings through the Right to Buy scheme in South Tyneside. The annual figures show an increase in sales from 30 in 2011-12 to 85 in 2012-13 since the change in Right to Buy discounts in April 2012, but there is more to do to inform tenants of their new rights and help them up the ladder of home ownership. These figures do not include other schemes such as Social Homebuy. Over the same time on the same basis 13,714 dwellings were sold in England. Figures on an annual basis are available at the following link. Figures for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are not comparable.

Following the abolition of regional government by the Coalition, DCLG no longer publishes statistics at a regional level and does not believe that regions provide a coherent or meaningful framework for assessing public policy. Instead, our published statistics relate, where relevant, to other sub-national geographies which are more aligned with public policy. However, we hold data from which the requested figures can be derived and these are available through the following link.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/230904/LT685.xls

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