The Right to Buy extension to Housing Association properties

Louise Cheung

A great deal in the media has been said about the negative effect of the Conservative Government’s plan to extend the Right to Buy to Housing Association homes.

So I have started filling out a handy table so we can capture all the positive and negative effects of this policy, and will continue to add to this…

Positive Negative
Good for the government’s rhetoric on homeownership Bad for Housing Associations who were hoping to develop affordable homes in strategic areas who now have to modify their approach
Bad for Housing Associations who are mostly charities with objectives about helping the most vulnerable in society with housing
Bad for those who live in rural areas
Bad for the most vulnerable in society who remain on waiting lists for social housing
Bad for local authority’s house building goals
Bad for those who want a long-term home
Bad for social justice, long-term economic strategy and does not work towards the shortfall of housing that remains
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