Right to Buy

  • MHCLG housebuilding survey met with scepticism

    06 September 2021

    A government survey designed to find out ‘any remaining barriers that may be stifling’ councils’ housebuilding plans has been met with scepticism by council chiefs.


  • Right to Buy-back fund launched

    13 July 2021

    London boroughs are to receive funding to purchase former council homes on the private market.


  • Making ‘build, build, build’ a reality

    17 May 2021

    Having listened to the Queen’s Speech, Cllr Darren Rodwell worries the Government is ‘overly fixated on misguided reforms to the planning system’. He puts forward his policy wish list.


  • MJ Housing: Mayor’s Right to Buy pledge

    05 May 2021

    London Mayor Saqid Khan has pledged to buy back council homes sold under Right to Buy as part of his mayoral manifesto.


  • Councils to be given five years to spend Right to Buy receipts

    22 March 2021

    Councils will be given five years to spend receipts from Right to Buy sales as part of an overhaul of the key housing policy, local government secretary Robert Jenrick has announced.


  • Trust districts to do what’s needed

    12 October 2020

    A lower PWLB borrowing rate would make a significant difference to the viability and deliverability of regeneration schemes, argues Simone Hines.


  • Social homes are not a quick fix issue

    23 September 2020

    CIPFA's David Ayre considers if councils will have the capacity and resilience to be able to respond to the call for more social homes, and says radical change is needed that will take time to implement.


  • Housing MJ: Stepping out of the shadows

    30 August 2020

    With the tragedy of Grenfell still in the background, Kensington and Chelsea LBC is aiming to make better use of all its homes within the borough and sees mixed tenure housing as a game changer. Cllr Kim Taylor-Smith explains.


  • Housebuilding: 'yet another flawed algorithm'

    30 August 2020

    Kathy O'Leary says 'the potential disparity in new housing allocations highlights real concern about the negative effects of yet another flawed algorithm'.


  • Ministers to extend Help to Buy

    28 July 2020

    Ministers are drawing up plans to extend the Help to Buy scheme after housebuilders warned buyers could lose out due to delays caused by coronavirus.


  • HRAs need certainty over their future sustainability

    14 July 2020

    The absence of any funding for the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) means the impact on the health of our communities could go beyond the COVID pandemic, according to Simone Hines.


  • Councils win Right to Buy receipts extension

    15 June 2020

    Councils have won a six-month extension in which to spend receipts from Right to Buy (RtB) sales amid the coronavirus pandemic.


  • ‘Golden opportunity’ to end rough sleeping

    22 May 2020

    The Government has been urged to commit £100m to councils in a bid to end rough sleeping in England.


  • Mend the UK’s broken land laws to fix housing

    29 April 2020

    Tony Murrell says many believe it’s time for legislation requiring landowners and developers to share the planning uplift windfall they get 50-50 with councils. But is the Government prepared to deliver this radical change?


  • Government 'obsession with ownership' hampers council housebuilding

    10 March 2020

    Calls for the reform of Right to Buy have been reinforced by research claiming social housing pressures are hampering efforts to tackle homelessness.


  • Right to Buy reform calls grow

    03 March 2020

    Calls intensified this week for the Government to reform its ‘outdated’ Right to Buy (RtB) policy in next week’s Budget.


  • Building a new housing approach

    07 February 2020

    A new document explores why we are seeing the rise of local authority-led housing delivery, and the role planners can play in this. Laura Sharman explains.


  • Basildon’s big ambitions

    11 December 2019

    As Basildon’s 70th birthday year comes to an end, Joe Reay says the celebrations provided the perfect opportunity to rebuild the sense of civic pride that’s vital to a successful place.


  • Right to buy hinders housing, claims Houghton

    27 November 2019

    Right to buy is ‘the biggest thing that gets in the way’ of council housebuilding and the policy should be scrapped, according to the chair of the Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities (SIGOMA).


  • Deliver the funds we need to excel

    27 November 2019

    What does the LGA Independent Group want a new Government to deliver on local finances? National lead peer Cllr Mike Haines says his members all want strengthened local communities – and that requires adequate funding.