McVey backs Voluntary Right To Buy for housing association tenants

Commons question confirms government will detail new pilot areas “in due course”.

Holding house keys in palm of hand

The government is still sold on Right To Buy despite evidence from councils and providers of its impact on housing options.

Housing Minister Esther McVey reinforced the government’s stance in response to a written Commons question from Tory colleague Sir Christopher Chope – who asked what steps MHCLG was taking to ensure housing association tenants in England have a Right To Buy.

McVey referenced the Voluntary Right To Buy for housing association tenants currently being piloted in the Midlands, which register 9,000 households for its ballot in August last year, with 6,000 given the opportunity to apply.

The pilot will be fully evaluated after its completion, said McVey, with details on the evaluation of new pilot areas out “in due course”.

As reported by 24housing, the Commons heard in October last year how around £190m earmarked for the “ludicrous housing association right-to-buy lottery” should be diverted into funding an emergency winter programme to prevent further homeless deaths.

Labour’s Steve McCabe challenged Housing Minister Luke Hall to admit housing association Right To Buy was “always a daft idea”.

During a debate on the rising homeless death rates, McCabe said there had been only 180 transactions under the “ludicrous housing association right-to-buy lottery”.

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