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
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."