9th January 2012

IPPR report – extend right to buy

I was  interested to note the launch of a report by the IPPR Think Tank which calls for more Housing Association tenants to be given the right to buy their homes.  The report was championed by two MP’s David Davis and Frank Field.  The IPPR’s report said extending right to buy could generate billions of pounds which could then be reinvested in building new homes to ease waiting lists. 

Readers of previous blogs will know that I have been urging the government to take this step as part of a plan to unlock the housing market.  I am of the view that if Council tenants and Housing Association tenants are given the right to purchase their property at a discount, this will not only lead to an increase in home ownership but if all funds raised were used to build new homes this would go some way to alleviating the issue of homelessness whilst also providing a welcome boost to the ailing construction industry.  Mark Henderson Chief Executive of The Home Group Housing Association said that extending the right to buy could inject more than 68 billion pounds into the economy. 

I note that Grant Shapps, the Housing Minister, has advised that the government would consider this idea as part of its review of housing policy and I would call on both the UK and Scottish Government to give this proposal serious consideration and act on it as a matter of urgency.

Lindsay Darroch
Partner and Head of Property



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