Report: the forced council home sell-off

By: John Bibby  Published: September 2015


This report sets out what the direct and indirect impact of the government's proposal to force council to sell their low rent homes in high value areas will be. It makes recommendations to scrap the policy.

Summary

In the 2015 Queen's Speech, the government confirmed its plan to force councils to sell their low rent homes in the most high value areas. The scheme was proposed as both a way of paying for the extension of the Right to Buy to housing association tenants, and as a way to get councils "to manage their housing assets more efficiently" by building more homes. Without modification, it will do neither of these things – and will reduce the number of low rent, social homes in the places they are needed most. As a result, more families on low to middle incomes will struggle to get a decent home that they can afford.

This report provides analysis of what the full impact of the policy will be and sets out why we believe the government needs to scrap it.

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