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Council representatives questioned on Right to Buy

12 November 2015

The Communities and Local Government Committee takes evidence on the impact of the extended right to buy on councils and how councils are working to provide affordable housing for their residents.

Witnesses

Monday 16 November 2015, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 4.00pm

  • Councillor Keith House, Deputy Chair, Environment, Economy, Housing and Transport Board, Local Government Association
  • Councillor Lib Peck, Leader, London Borough of Lambeth Council
  • Stephen Hills, Director of Housing, South Cambridgeshire District Council
  • Councillor Ferris Cowper, Leader, East Hampshire District Council

Background

The Conservative Party's Manifesto and the subsequent Queen's Speech made commitments to extend the Right to Buy (which previously applied to council-owned properties) to all tenants of housing associations.

The National Housing Federation announced that it had reached an agreement with the Government to deliver the extended Right to Buy on a voluntary, non-legislative basis. The Housing and Planning Bill published on 13 October 2015 makes provision for this voluntary agreement.

Further information

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