Right to Buy Scheme

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 8th February 2022.

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Photo of Richard Holden Richard Holden Conservative, North West Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many tenants of (a) councils and (b) social landlords have exercised the right to buy, voluntary or otherwise, in each year since 2005, by (i) parliamentary constituency and (ii) local authority area.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

We maintain our commitment to the Right to Buy for council tenants. Right to Buy gives people from a broad sector of the community the opportunity to own their home, encouraging stronger links and a wider interest in their local communities.

The Government is grateful for the participation of the Midlands housing associations in piloting the VRTB and for the valuable partnership working with the sector. This has enabled over 1,800 housing association tenants to become homeowners, and enjoy the benefits that homeownership brings. The Government is looking at the findings from the Midlands evaluation, which will be used to help inform future policy. We will announce further details on Voluntary Right to Buy in the coming months.

The statistics on local authority Right to Buy sales, as well as information on the total number of sales to tenants by local authority area (which includes Right to Acquire and other social landlord schemes) can be found in the open data here: www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-social-housing-sales#social-housing-sales-open-data.

There is no information by parliamentary constituency, as it is all collected by local authority area.

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