Sam Clayden 07 April 2016

Right to buy amendment causes concern over forced sale of housing stock

Right to buy amendment causes concern over forced sale of housing stock image

Councils could be forced to sell their housing stock by the secretary of state, after changes were made to the wording of the Housing and Planning Bill.

Originally, councils would have been expected to sell their ‘high value’ properties to fund the extension of right to buy to housing association tenants. However, the wording has now been changed to ‘higher value,’ sparking fears that more homes would fall within the definition.

The amendment also gave the secretary of state powers over ‘any category of housing the secretary of state considers appropriate as a comparator’ when determining the definition of ‘higher value’.

Local authorities will be forced to fork out an upfront levy to the Government based on what the secretary of state defined as ‘higher value’ housing.

Some have raised concerns that the upfront nature of the levy could push councils to 'raid reserves or take out short-term loans'.

Visit The MJ (£) for further details on this story and more sector reaction.

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Service Manager - Children in Care

Pembrokeshire County Council
£46,514 - £48,412
The successful candidate will need to be able to manage a large number of competing and at times conflicting priorities, whilst... Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)
Recuriter: Pembrokeshire County Council

Neighbourhood Services Divisional Manager

Northumberland County Council
£60,253
You will provide professional and technical advice on all Neighbourhood Services functions. As an effective leader you will coordinate and manage... Northumberland
Recuriter: Northumberland County Council

Property Services Officer

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£31.548 - £33.291
You will be responsible to the ordering manager and will undertake the inspection of properties to specify repairs and improvements within... Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Social Work Assistant – Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

London Borough of Bexley
£22,377 - £23,607 per annum
This is an excellent opportunity for candidates who have a relevant qualification, have had some experience of working with children and Bexleyheath, London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Bexley

Strategic Director Health and Wellbeing

City of Bradford MDC
£138,163 – £144,847
Bradford is changing at pace. Bradford, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of Bradford MDC

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how public sector organisations can unlock the hidden value in their land, and why a new approach to construction could help boost the outcomes of the Government’s One Public Estate programme.

The December issue also considers why learnings from ancient cities could provide the key to promoting wellbeing in the modern built environment. It also contains a case study on how the London Borough of Westminster has provided high quality care for the elderly alongside a block of luxury apartments.

Register for your free digital issue