National RHE Network responds to government consultation on the use of receipts from Right to Buy sales

The government has consulted on the use of receipts from Right to Buy (RTB) sales. This is a key issue for Rural Housing Enablers (RHEs) because so much affordable housing stock has been lost in rural communities. Most of it is never replaced.

RHEs have made three key suggestions in their response. Firstly, RTB should be suspended. Failing this, protections should be put in place for rural communities similar to the protections afforded Housing Association properties through the Right To Acquire. Finally, if rural stock is to be sold the recycled funds should be targeted on replacing these homes in the communities where they are sold.

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