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Comparison of RTB in England, Wales, Scotland & NI 25/06/2015

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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 becomes vacant.

 

In stark contrast, the Scottish Government abolished the RTB in 2014 with eligible tenants having up to 31 July 2016 to exercise their RTB.

 

The Welsh Government have also made the decision to abolish the RTB in Wales and is currently developing primary legislation to end the policy.

 

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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.  

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