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The Right to Buy: Analysis and Evaluation of a Housing Policy

ISBN: 978-1-4051-3197-1
264 pages
May 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
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An evaluation of the most enduring privatisation of the Thatcher era …

Written in an accessible style, this is a key reference for students and researchers in housing and planning; geography; and social policy.

The book analyses the operation and impact of the right to buy policy (RTB). It includes a critique of the Housing Act and the 2001 Housing (Scotland) Act. The enactment of these changes under a Labour government affirms the continuance of the RTB. The authors take stock of its profound effect on housing policy, reversing the growth in social housing developed over the twentieth century, transforming the nation's tenure structure and revolutionising the UK housing system.

The Right to Buy: analysis and evaluation of a housing policy begins with an examination of the policy background to the establishment of the RTB and the main features of the legislation. This is followed by chapters that review its take-up and the pattern of sales and their impact on social housing; a chapter examining the financial aspects of the RTB from the viewpoints of tenants, local authorities and central government; one looking at the impact of the RTB via subsequent re-sales on the open market and on the private rented sector; and a chapter drawing on the information already reviewed to consider the potential of the RTB to create sustainable and diverse communities. In the final chapters the international experience of parallel policies are considered and the future take-up of the RTB is assessed in the light of recent reforms together with alternatives.

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Table of Contents

1: Introduction.

2: A Policy For Its Time.

3: The Right To Buy In The Uk 1980- 20054: Unequal Opportunities, Time And Place.

5: Transforming Social Housing.

6: Extending The Owner Occupied Housing Market.

7: Promoting The Private Rented Sector.

8: Creating Sustainable Communities.

9: Housing Management And Housing Quality.

10: The Financial Equation.

11: Policy Transfer – International Perspectives On Housing Privatisation.

12: A Policy Past Its Sell-By Date?.

13: Learning From the Right to Buy.



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Author Information

Colin Jones is Professor of Estate Management, School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University

Alan Murie is Professor of Housing, Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, University of Birmingham

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The Wiley Advantage

  • a key reference for courses in housing and planning; geography; social policy
  • written in an accessible way to meet the wider market and topicality of the book
  • 25 years on, The Right to Buy is being scrutinized
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