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Government's response to consultation on the use of RTB receipts 24/01/2019 Labelled as Consultation

At a recent meeting with senior officials from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) ARCH has been advised that the government's response to its consultation on the use of Right to Buy (RTB) receipts is now expected to be published alongside the Chancellors Spring Statement 2019.  A date for the Spring Statement has not yet been set and may to an extent depend on the outcome of Brexit negotiations. Last year's Statement was made on 13 March 2018.


Following the publication of RTB figures which showed that the government continues to fall short of its commitment for 1 for 1 replacement of dwellings sold under the Reinvigorated RTB, Housing Minister, Dominic Raab issued a Written Ministerial Statement (HCWS 614) to Parliament on 29 March 2018 under the heading "Social Housing Update". In the Statement he announced that the government would consult with the sector on providing greater flexibility around how local authorities can use their RTB (Right to Buy) receipts.


A formal consultation paper "Use of receipts from Right to Buy sales" was subsequently published on 14 August 2018 alongside the Social Housing Green Paper. This consultation closed on 9 October 2018, but the government has not yet issued a response to the consultation. ARCH has been pressing MHCLG officials for early publication of the government's proposals following that consultation and we were expecting that a response would have been published this month.

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