Implementation of the forced sale of vacant higher value council housing policy

This short briefing sets out some issues around the implementation of the forced sale of vacant higher value council housing policy. We welcome any views from the sector on issues and suggestions covered (or not covered). contact us via www.local.gov.uk.

Key points

  • The Local Government Association (LGA) opposes the forced sale of council homes as a means to fund the voluntary agreement extending the Right to Buy to housing association tenants . 
  • It is of paramount importance that the implementation of the policy protects the viability of councils' continuing housing services, particularly in the prevailing uncertainty generated in the housing market as a result of the UK's decision to leave the European Union.
  • The LGA has suggested the government find a sustainable model for funding the extension of the Right to Buy for the medium to longer term. In our submission to the Spending Review we introduced a case for using the value that could be realised by building more homes on public land .
  • Now that the Housing and Planning Act  is in place this short briefing introduces some principles for the delivery of the sale of high value assets policy focusing on: formula and ‘higher value' definition/threshold, disposal, and replacements.

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Implementation of the forced sale of vacant higher value council housing policy

13 December 2016