Understanding the likely poverty impacts of the extension of right to buy to housing association tenants

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Clarke, Anna; Jones, Michael; Oxley, Michael
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date of publication
21 November 2015
Housing and Homelessness, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This report examines the impact of the extension of the Right to Buy to housing association tenants, and the sale of higher value local authority dwellings, which will provide the funding for the Right to Buy.

The analysis estimates the likely scale of uptake of the Right to Buy and sale of local authority dwellings, and then looks at the impact on lettings, rents, poverty and welfare costs.

The key findings of this report are that an estimated 1.3 million housing association tenants are likely to gain the Right to Buy under current proposals, of whom 970,000 have held tenancies long enough to be initially eligible. Using the threshold values that the Conservative Party has published, projections suggest that around 10 percent of all local authority stock would be classed as high value.

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