Council Housing: Woking

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 12th September 2013.

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Photo of Jonathan Lord Jonathan Lord Conservative, Woking

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authority properties have been purchased through the Government's right-to-buy scheme in Woking constituency in each of the last five years.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister for Housing

Figures for local authority sales through the right to buy scheme are not available at a constituency level, but are available at a local authority level. The two local authorities covered by the Woking constituency are Woking and Guildford.

Woking local authority made 45 sales between 2008-09 and 2012-13, while there were 48 sales in Guildford over the same period. Further information is available in Table 685 on the Department's website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-social-housing-sales#right-to-buy-sales

It should be noted that these are sales from local authorities and do not include sales of social housing stock through Preserved Right to Buy made by registered providers (such as housing associations).

Right to Buy sales have increased in both Guildford and Woking since the new discounts were introduced, but there is more to do to inform tenants of their new rights and help them up the ladder of home ownership.

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