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Right to Buy Scheme

Question for Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

UIN 114968, tabled on 31 January 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many tenants of (a) councils and (b) social landlords have exercised the right to buy, voluntary or otherwise, in each year since 2005, by (i) parliamentary constituency and (ii) local authority area.

Answered on

8 February 2022

We maintain our commitment to the Right to Buy for council tenants. Right to Buy gives people from a broad sector of the community the opportunity to own their home, encouraging stronger links and a wider interest in their local communities.

The Government is grateful for the participation of the Midlands housing associations in piloting the VRTB and for the valuable partnership working with the sector. This has enabled over 1,800 housing association tenants to become homeowners, and enjoy the benefits that homeownership brings. The Government is looking at the findings from the Midlands evaluation, which will be used to help inform future policy. We will announce further details on Voluntary Right to Buy in the coming months.

The statistics on local authority Right to Buy sales, as well as information on the total number of sales to tenants by local authority area (which includes Right to Acquire and other social landlord schemes) can be found in the open data here: www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-social-housing-sales#social-housing-sales-open-data.

There is no information by parliamentary constituency, as it is all collected by local authority area.