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Housing experts questioned on Right to Buy

14 December 2015

The Communities and Local Government Committee considers what lessons can be learned from elsewhere in the UK with witnesses from Scotland and Northern Ireland giving evidence. The Committee also examines the role of the social housing regulator as well as the impact of the Government's proposals on the availability of finance in the housing sector.

Witnesses

Monday 14 December 2015, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 4.00pm

  • Nicola McCrudden, Director, Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland
  • Eileen Patterson, Board Member, Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland and Director, Housing Services, Fold Housing Association
  • Dr Mary Taylor, Chief Executive, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations

At 4.30pm

  • Fiona MacGregor, Director, Regulation, Homes and Communities Agency
  • Jonathan Walters, Deputy Director, Strategy and Performance, Homes and Communities Agency
  • Piers Williamson, Chief Executive, The Housing Finance Corporation

At 5.00pm

  • Anna Clarke, Senior Research Associate, Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research
  • Lord Bob Kerslake, Chairman, Peabody Housing Association

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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