33,000 benefit from RTB since 2012

Robyn Hall

February 24, 2015

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis welcomed the news as a further sign of how government action is helping people get on and move up the housing ladder.

He said that Right to Buy discounts will increase again in April 2015, so more people have the chance to buy their home. Right to Buy eligibility is also being extended through a new law before Parliament.

Council house building starts are now at a 23 year high and almost twice as many council homes have been built in the last four years than from 1997 to 2009. Previously, councils were not encouraged to build new homes from sales receipts and only one new council home was built for every 170 Right to Buy sales completed.

Since Right to Buy was reinvigorated, £730 million in sales receipts is being re-invested in house building; levering a further £1.7bn of investment over the next two years. This means that in total, over £2.4bn will be raised to invest in affordable house building as a result of the as a result of Right to Buy.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “The Right to Buy gives something back to families who worked hard, paid their rent and played by the rules.

“It allows them to do up their home, change their front door, improve their garden – without getting permission from the council. It gives people a sense of pride and ownership not just in their home, but in their street and neighbourhood.

“Thanks to this government’s long-term economic plan, we have created over 33,000 homeowners through the Right to Buy, which has generated £2.4bn of additional investment in new affordable housing. Twice as much council housing has been built under this government than in all 13 years of the last administration combined, when just 1 council home was built for every 170 Right to Buy sales.”

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