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After the London boroughs and the cities, Right to Buy Replacement Week continues with a look at the progress of the other larger local authorities in meeting their obligations to provide replacement homes for those sold under the right to buy. As with other councils they are allowed three years to deliver – so this year they need to have built, or at least funded or started building, replacements for the properties sold in 2012/13.

Again there were several councils that didn’t reply – or replied that they had transfered their housing stock to a housing association. But there were enough responses in this category to give a solid indication.

Barnsley

91 sales under right to buy in 2012/13. From 2012 to date there have been 311 sales. So far there have been 11 replacements built and they anticipate getting enough further properties in time to avoid being forced to hand over any funds.

Bournemouth

17 sales under right to buy in 2012/13. From 2012 to date there have been 95 sales. So far there have been 15 replacements built and a further 57 are currently planned – so provided at least a couple are advanced to a reasonable extent by April they are on track.

Central Bedfordshire

19 sales under right to buy in 2012/13. From 2012 to date there have been 89 sales. The Council add: “We do not have a specific no. of new homes in mind, but do indeed intend to fully use the 1for1 receipts without returning any of those sums to Central Government.” So if they get 19 sorted out by this year and we take them at their word then they will meet their requirement.

Cornwall

22 sales under right to buy in 2012/13. From 2012 to date there have been 117 sales. So far there have been 15 replacements and a further 75 are planned for this financial year. Thus the requirement is due to be comfortably exceeded.

Dudley

102 sales under right to buy for 2012/12. From 2012 to date there have been 506 sales. So far 21 replacement homes have been built with another 99 planned for this year.

East Riding of Yorkshire

44 sales under right to buy in 2012/13. From 2012 to date there have been 176 sales. The council didn’t provide figures for replacements but said they would be sufficient not to have to hand over any funding.

Luton

30 sales under right to buy in 2012/13. From 2012 to date there have been 172 sales. There have already been 17 replacements so far and “work has already started on various other sites.” The Council expects to meet its requirements as it has “no plans” to hand over any money.

Medway

Six sales under right to buy in 2012/13. From 2012 to date there have been 36 sales. There have been nine replacements so far and a further 13 planned for this financial year. The Council are “not planning to return any funds”.

North Tyneside

85 sales under the right to buy in 2012/13. From 2012 to date there have been 328 sales. There have been 32 replacement properties so far and currently plan to build another 55.

Northumberland

34 sales under the right to buy in 2012/13. From 2012 to date there have been 137 sales. There have been 133 replacements so far.

Poole

22 sales under the right to buy in 2012/13. From 2012 to date there have been 78 sales. There have been 60 replacements funded so far so the Council believes that by “uitlising all money” they will not have to return funds.

Reading

21 sales under the right to buy for 2012/13. From 2012 to date there have been 109 sales. There have been five replacements with a further 45 planned for the financial year.

Shropshire

14 sales under the right to buy in 2012/13. From 2012 to date there have been 79 sales. There have already been 68 replacement properties plus a further 27 planned this financial year. It is “not anticipated” any funds will need to be handed over.

Slough

32 sales under the right to buy in 2012/13. From 2012 to date there have been 165 sales. There have already been 31 replacement homes and a further 74 have been funded for this financial year.

Southend

Nine sales under the right to buy in 2012/13. From 2012 to date there have been 66 sales. Three replacements so far with 18 more planned for this financial year.

Thurrock

46 sales under the right to buy in 2012/13. From 2012 to date there have been 228 sales. There have already been 81 replacements and there are another 12 planned. So even if not more are built this financial year the Council has easily exceeded its target.

Wigan

80 sales under the right to buy in 2012/13. From 2012 to date there have been 362 sales. No replacement properties have been built or planned. The council adds: “We expect to be paying around £5 million to the Government.” So that will be money used by the Homes and Communities Agency to provide new housing – but it won’t necessarily be in Wigan. If I was a councillor in Wigan I would be asking a few questions about this missed opportunity.

Wiltshire

21 sales under the right to buy in 2012/13. From 2012 to date there have been 106 sales. 12 replacements are “in the pipeline” but the Council doesn’t know if it will have to hand over any money.

Wokingham

Six sales under the right to buy in 2012/13. From 2012 to date there have been 35 sales. 11 replacements are planned for this financial year.

Therefore from these councils above we had 699 right to buy sales for 2012/13 – with a deadline for sorting out replacements by March next year. So far there have 368 replacements built and we are on course for at least a further 575 to be built – or any rate funded or to have started being built by March. So 943 altogether – far more than one for one.

The vast majority of councils expressed themselves as confident that they would meet the minimum requirement. Of course, even if they do not that does not mean that the building will not take place – it means that central Government will take the money and take the responsibility for ensuring the building is carried out.

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