This Bill Summary is provided to support the Assembly’s scrutiny of the Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Bill. The Bill will restrict, and then ultimately end, the Right to Buy (including the Preserved Right to Buy and Extended Right to Buy) and the Right to Acquire in Wales. The Welsh Government’s stated purpose of the Bill is to safeguard Wales’ social housing stock for people who are unable to acquire homes through the housing market. It considers that this approach is based on the sustainable development principle of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, and will also encourage local authorities and housing associations to invest in new social housing.
Article by Jonathan Baxter, National Assembly for Wales Research Service.