Right to Buy
The government has chosen to ignore a select committee’s recommendation that the Right to Buy for housing association tenants should be funded nationally rather than by a levy on councils.
Gavin Barwell has said the West Midlands is a “strong contender” for the regional pilot scheme of the Right to Buy extensison.
Councils sold more than 3,000 homes through the Right to Buy in the final quarter of 2016, taking the total sold under large discounts to over 50,000.
The government will not legislate to force councils to extend the Right to Buy to affordable homes built through their housing companies.
Gavin Barwell is facing pressure to allow councils to retain the full receipt from Right to Buy sales, as it emerged £800m has been siphoned off by the Treasury.