With the government's proposals for extension of RTB to housing
association tenants in England high on the political agenda, the
House of Commons Library has produced a useful briefing
paper comparing current RTB policies in England, Wales,
Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Devolution of housing policy to Scotland, Wales and Northern
Ireland is resulting in an increasingly diverse approach to RTB
policies across the United Kingdom.
The 2010 Coalition Government "incentivised" the RTB in England
by increasing the maximum discounts and reducing the qualifying
period of tenancy. Further plans for this parliament include
proposals to extend the RTB to housing association tenants paid for
by forcing councils to sell off higher value housing stock as it
In stark contrast, the Scottish Government abolished the RTB in
2014 with eligible tenants having up to 31 July 2016 to exercise
The Welsh Government have also made the decision to abolish the
RTB in Wales and is currently developing primary legislation to end
ARCH argues that in the context of promised devolution of powers
from Westminster to English regions, local authorities in England
should have the right to decide how, or if, the RTB policy should
apply within their area.