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Council Houses

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what factors were taken into account when setting the cap on the discount available to council house residents in the North West who buy their homes; what assessment was made of variations in house prices between areas in the North West when setting the cap; and if she will take steps to adjust the cap annually in line with house price inflation. (112956)

Decisions on the discount in the North West took account of average house prices in the region and the results of the consultation in 1997 and 1998.

The Government have no plans to change uprating to Right to Buy discount limits. However, it has invited local authorities to consider offering those tenants who are unable to afford outright ownership the opportunity to purchase a share in their homes, under the new Social HomeBuy scheme which it introduced in April 2006. Local authorities may retain all the receipts from sales under Social HomeBuy, to reinvest in affordable housing.