Thomas Bridge 26 May 2015

Clark vows Right to Buy expansion will ‘add to housing stock’

Clark vows Right to Buy expansion will ‘add to housing stock’ image

Communities secretary Greg Clark has vowed extensions to the Government’s Right to Buy scheme will not lower numbers of affordable housing.

Proposals to allow housing association tenants to purchase their homes at a discounted rate are due to be announced in the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday.

Housing chiefs earlier this year branded plans to extend a 35% discount to 1.3m housing association tenants a ‘preposterous’ solution that would hit the 1.7m people currently waiting for social housing in England.

However Clark this morning defended the policy, saying on the BBC’s Today Programme that ‘just because you’ve signed a social tenancy you should be signing away your aspiration forever to own a home’.

‘Every housing association property sold will be replaced one-for-one with a new property. So it is not only allowing people to meet their aspiration but also to increase the housing stock as well,’ he said.

‘When the house is sold to the existing tenant its not lost, it is housing someone who has the meant to pay for it.

‘What is released can then build an extra home. It is adding to the housing stock.’

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Assessing Fostering Practice Supervisor

North Yorkshire County Council
£39,880 - £43,857 per annum pro rata, Part-time/ 18.5 hours
Are you an experienced social worker seeking a new challenge? Would you like an opportunity to work in the Fostering Service? North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Commercial Vehicle Technician

Chelmsford City Council
£30,000 per annum
We are seeking a fully trained HGV technician to work as part of the team who maintain the Council's fleet to the highest standards.  Chelmsford, Essex
Recuriter: Chelmsford City Council

Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO)

North Yorkshire County Council
£43,857 - £47,782 per annum pro rata.
Are you looking for a challenging and exciting role in a dedicated team? Selby, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Commercial Financial Controller

ESPO
£63,000 - 71,000 per year + LGPS, Benefits
This individual will also be responsible for managing the financials for a number of trading businesses within... Leicestershire
Recuriter: ESPO

Deputy District Surveyor

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£60,000 - £63,900 per annum
In this role you will work with the Head of Building Control, District Surveyor and other members of the Service Leadership Team in ensuring... Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recuriter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue