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Welsh Assembly pass Bill to abolish RTB 07/12/2017 Labelled as Legislation

The Welsh Assembly have approved a bill to abolish the Right to Buy in Wales.


The Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Bill was passed by the Welsh Assembly earlier this week. The Bill was introduced following a White Paper consultation in 2015, and now passed, abolishes all variations of the Right to Buy, including the Preserved Right to Buy and the Right to Acquire. 


The bill will now go forward for Royal Assent, with the abolition of the Right to Buy coming into effect after a period of one year for existing stock and after two months for new housing.


ARCH Chief Executive John Bibby comments:


"Following on from an earlier decision by the Scottish Government to abolish the Right to Buy, this decision by the Welsh Government is in stark contrast to the policy in England where Right to Buy discounts for council tenants were increased significantly in 2012 under the re-invigorated Right to Buy and the government have recently announced an extended pilot of a Right to Buy for housing association tenants.


"The Government have promised that the forthcoming Housing Green Paper will include a 'wide ranging, top to bottom review of the issues facing the sector' but, despite decisions by two of the devolved governments to abolish the Right to Buy, it seems doubtful that such a review will extend to a review of the Right to Buy policy in England."

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