The Ministerial team at DCLG gave no further indication of the
timetable for publication of regulations under the Housing and
Planning Act when interviewed by the CLG Select Committee on the
work of the Department.
However, promises were made that local authorities would be
given "quite a notice period" before being required to pay
the High Value Asset Levy.
Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local
Government, together with Housing Minister Gavin Barwell and the
Ministerial team were interviewed on 8 November by the CLG Select
Committee on the work of the Department.
In answer to questions about the extension of Right to Buy (RTB)
to housing association tenants under the voluntary RTB deal and
progress of the Pilot Scheme, Ministers said they were still
committed to the policy but that there were still issues of detail
arising out of the pilots. Ministers' couldn't say when the outcome
of the Pilot Scheme would be published but that the intention was
to have the policy "fully in place by the end of this
When pressed on when stock retained councils could expect to
learn how the proposed high-value asset levy would impact on their
housing budgets and whether they would be expected to plan for
payment of the levy in their budgets from April 2017 Ministers said
there was no decision as yet on the timing but that councils could
expect "quite a notice period" before they will be
required to pay the Levy given the need to consult local
authorities on the Determination and the significant process in
taking the relevant Regulations through the Affirmative Process in
Similarly Ministers' gave no indication on the timetable for
introduction of the mandatory Pay to Stay Scheme for council
tenants except to say that Ministers were "still
committed" to the policy but that there are "still factors
to work out before we implement".
Questioned on the government's ambition to deliver 1million new
homes by the end of this Parliament, Ministers said they expected
round 1/3 of these homes to be affordable homes but would not be
drawn on how many might be social or affordable rented homes other
than a commitment that the Ministerial team "recognise that
social housing is an important mix of the housing we want to
See the Ministers' responses to questions from the
CLG Select Committee.