Right to Buy

  • Don’t push us off the precipice

    29 October 2019

    The sudden increase in the PWLB lending rate has the potential to cripple local authorities’ ability to deliver affordable homes in an already financially challenging environment, explains Cllr Sharon Taylor.

  • Ending London’s homeless capital status

    09 October 2019

    On World Homelessness Day, and ahead of next month's London Councils Summit, Cllr Darren Rodwell says boroughs are determined and ambitious about tackling one of the capital’s most pressing challenges.

  • Housebuilding plans still constrained by affordability

    04 September 2019

    Simone HInes was hoping for confirmation in the spending round that the business rates reset will be deferred until 2021/22 and for measures to improved the ability of local authorities to boost council housebuilding

  • What an opportunity for a housing minister to be radical and bold

    06 August 2019

    Paul O'Brien says there needs to be a wider recognition at a central and local level of the linkages between place-making and the delivery of homes in terms of health and wellbeing, life chances and local economies.

  • Conquering housing’s many complexities

    03 July 2019

    Cllr Martin Tett highlights how the LGA is working for councils to be given the powers and funding to fix Britain’s broken housing ladder by building new, social rented houses.

  • Rural areas 'ignored' by Government, Lords claim

    29 April 2019

    City Deals should be adapted and offered to ‘ignored’ rural areas, peers have said in a new report.

  • Housing chief: Supply is bigger crisis than Brexit

    12 April 2019

    The ongoing housing crisis represents a greater threat than Brexit, it has been suggested.

  • Council housebuilding figures highest in 17 years

    28 March 2019

    Local authorities built 3,540 homes in the UK in 2017/18, the highest in 17 years. according to latest figures from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, but a total of 12,059 council homes were sold.

  • Housing minister urges councils to revive HRA building

    13 March 2019

    Minister Kit Malthouse has expressed a preference for building new homes using Housing Revenue Accounts (HRAs) instead of creating property companies.

  • Act now to halt the housing crisis

    23 January 2019

    Housing should be seen as a key plank of the natural infrastructure, says housing charity Shelter. Heather Jameson examines its report and expands on its recommendations

  • Right to Buy can be the right way ahead

    23 January 2019

    In future, Right to Buy can only be the right thing to do if homes are replaced – otherwise it’s just another exercise in driving up property costs and pushing more people into poverty, argues Heather Jameson.

  • Government defends Right to Buy against call for abolition

    22 January 2019

    A top Marsham Street official has defended the Government’s Right to Buy policy as ‘good value for money’ following demands for its abolition.

  • MJ HOUSING: Addressing stigmatisation

    28 November 2018

    The G15 group representing London’s housing associations welcomes the social housing Green Paper’s focus on tackling tenants’ feelings of stigma. Paul Hackett explains how the organisation wants to help with this through collaborating with councils.

  • Let’s mind the Cap

    13 November 2018

    As London Councils gathers for its annual conference, Ben Page says the removal of the HRA cap is good news - but Londoners still have expectations about the ‘where‘ and the ‘what’ of new housing,

  • Scrapping the HRA borrowing cap is not enough

    24 October 2018

    The Society of Municipal Treasurers welcomed the Government’s announcement that the borrowing cap on the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) would be scrapped, but Tony Kirkham says on its own it will not be the 'game-changer'.

  • Getting best value from right to buy cash

    17 October 2018

    District councils welcome the proposal to extend the time limit for spending existing Right to Buy receipts, but for councils to ensure they achieve best value this should be extended to include the use of future receipts, says Sharon Taylor

  • Shifting the foundations of social housing

    03 October 2018

    The Social Housing Green Paper shows the Government is listening to the sector on some key issues – and as SOLACE spokesman Martin Swales reasons, councils should not feel constrained in their submissions to the consultations

  • Fresh calls for Right to Buy suspension

    13 September 2018

    A housing body has renewed calls for ministers to suspend the Right to Buy (RTB) programme amid further evidence that councils cannot replace stock quickly enough.

  • Social housing paper dismissed as 'small step'

    14 August 2018

    The Government’s long-awaited social housing Green Paper has been dismissed as a ‘small step’ towards improvement by the Conservative-led Local Government Association.

  • Right to Buy will ‘grind to a halt’ without reforms, councils warn

    13 November 2017

    Councils can only afford to replace a third of homes sold under Right to Buy, putting the future of the scheme at risk, council leaders have warned today.