9 March 2015
Following consultation, the Government has decided to proceed
with introduction of a Right to Move for social tenants by:
- Regulating to disapply any residency test for tenants who need
to move in order to be closer to their work or to take up a job
offer or apprenticeship; amending regulations are to be laid by the
end of March.
- Amending statutory guidance to make clear that the "hardship"
reasonable preference category relates to social tenants moving for
work or training; the new guidance will also be issued during
- When time allows, introducing a separate reasonable preference
category to give effect to the Right to Move, subject to further
consultation on how a new category would work.
- Including in the new guidance a requirement for councils to set
aside a minimum of 1% of lettings for tenants moving under the
Right to Move scheme.
In September 2014, the Government consulted on proposals to
introduce a Right to Move for social tenants.
A few minor changes have been included in the confirmed scheme:
- The scheme will only apply to tenants moving to be nearer work,
or to take up a job offer or apprenticeship, and not to moves to
access work-related training, as originally proposed;
- A new reasonable preference category and guidance to clarify
the application of the existing "hardship" category were originally
proposed as alternatives; DCLG now proposes to take forward the
second alternative for the time being, but introduce a new category
in the next Parliament.
We will issue a separate briefing on the new regulations and
guidance when they are published.
Link to the original Government consultation and
the Government's response to the consultation
Link to press release