Right to Buy Scheme

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 9th February 2017.

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Photo of Gerald Howarth Gerald Howarth Conservative, Aldershot

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what measures his Department has put in place to tackle fraud and abuse related to the Right to Buy scheme.

Photo of Gerald Howarth Gerald Howarth Conservative, Aldershot

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what additional safeguards the Government's Right to Buy working group has identified to tackle fraud and abuse of that scheme.

Photo of Gavin Barwell Gavin Barwell Comptroller (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Commons), Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Housing, Planning and London)

This Government takes fraud extremely seriously. The Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 increased the deterrent to tenants considering cheating the system, ensuring those who do cheat are detected more easily and punished more severely, and encourages social landlords to take a more proactive approach to tackling tenancy fraud.

We also provided £19 million funding to help councils tackle tenancy fraud as part of over £35 million government funding to tackle fraud across local government.

The findings and recommendations of the Government’s Right to Buy fraud working group will be published in due course.

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