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CLG committee launches inquiry on right to buy for housing associations

Week in Westminster

Published: 31 July 2015 | Author: Michelle Vosper

The Communities and Local Government Committee has launched an inquiry into the viability and sustainability of housing associations. The inquiry will look at the proposed extension of right to buy to housing association tenants, and how this and other government measures may impact on the sector. Written evidence has been requested by 28 August.

It has been reported that a new all-party parliamentary group for housing and planning has been set up under the chairmanship of Conservative MP James Cartlidge.  The report in City AM this week suggested that the group has been “tasked with proposing new solutions to increase the housing supply for rental and private ownership”. The updated register of all-party groups has just been published. The new housing group is not on this register as yet, but the register does list other APPGs on subjects that will be of interest, these include:

Debt and personal finance
Housing & care for older people
Housing in the North
Insurance & financial services
Private rented sector

New Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron announced his new frontbench team. A full list of appointments is on the LibDem’s website, but the most relevant to the industry are:

Economics: Baroness Susan Kramer
Work and Pensions: Baroness Zahida Manzoor
Business: Lorely Burt
Local Government: Cllr Dorothy Thornhill