Abolishing of Right to Buy to become law in Wales

The Bill containing the end of Right to Buy in Wales has been given final approval by the National Assembly for Wales, meaning it can now be given Royal Assent.

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The Right to Buy looks to be over in Wales.

The Welsh Government have long called for the policy to end, which they have said will be “safeguarding Wales’ social housing stock”.

The Right to Buy has resulted in the loss of a significant number of homes in Wales – more than 139,000 between 1981 and 2016.

The draft Bill was introduced in March, aimed at protecting the stock of social housing in Wales from further reduction, ensuring it is available long term to provide safe, secure and affordable housing for the people of Wales.

Provision in the Bill allows at least one year after Royal Assent before final abolition on existing properties. But to encourage investment in new homes, the rights will end for homes that are new to the social housing stock, and therefore have no existing tenants, two months after Royal Assent.

Minister for Housing and Regeneration, Rebecca Evans, said: “I am delighted the Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights Bill has passed its final stage and can now go forward for Royal Assent.

“Ending the Right to Buy ensures we safeguard the investment made in social housing over many generations, for Welsh families now and in the future.

“This will also give local authorities and housing associations the confidence to invest in new developments to help meet the need for quality, affordable housing in Wales.

“I am grateful to all those who have played a role, both inside the Assembly and out, in getting us to this important stage.

“I would also like to say how pleased Carl Sargeant would have been to see the Bill reach this final stage. He believed passionately in protecting our social housing stock for those who need it most and worked extremely hard to bring this legislation forward.

“I am delighted to be able to help steer it through its final stages and on to the Welsh Statute book.”

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