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Daily and Sunday Politics manifesto tracker: Housing

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Welcome to the Daily and Sunday Politics manifesto tracker. As the name suggests, it tracks the progress the government is making - or not - in achieving the promises made by the Conservatives in their 2015 general election manifesto and major policy announcements.

The traffic light scorecard above shows the current status of all of the policies. The tracker will be updated over the course of this parliament.

The tracker has been broken down into policy areas, which can be explored by clicking on each of the links below.

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This section deals with housing. This is a devolved area: read more.


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Extend the Right to Buy to Housing Association tenants

- Manifesto, page 51

  • A deal has been reached with housing associations to implement this policy which is contained in the Housing and Planning Act 2016. Five Right To Buy pilots were launched at the 2015 Spending Review so housing association tenants in those local authority areas can begin the process of owning their own home
  • The first sales to housing association tenants were completed in September 2016

Deliver 275,000 additional affordable homes by 2020

- Manifesto, page 52

  • 66,640 affordable homes were provided in England in 2014-15, 55% higher than the 42,870 affordable homes supplied in 2013-14. At the 2015 Spending Review the government said it would double the affordable housing budget to £8bn
  • The government's new Affordable Homes Programme was launched in April 2016. It says it expects the programme to deliver 400,000 affordable homes, of which 135,000 will be shared ownership properties
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Build 200,000 quality Starter Homes over the course of the next Parliament, reserved for first-time buyers under 40 and sold at 20 per cent below the market price

- Manifesto, page 52

  • The Housing and Planning Act 2016 set out the framework for this policy
  • At the 2015 Spending Review the government announced £2.3bn funding to build Starter Homes. In January 2016 the government also launched a £1.2bn Starter Home fund to prepare brownfield sites for new homes
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Continue the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee until the start of 2017, and the Help to Buy equity loan until at least 2020

- Manifesto, page 52

  • The 'Help to Buy: Mortgage Guarantee' scheme is due to run until the start of 2017. At the 2015 Spending Review the government extended the 'Help to Buy: Equity Loan' scheme to 2021

Ensure that 90 per cent of suitable brownfield sites have planning permission for housing by 2020

- Manifesto, page 52

  • Voluntary pilots of brownfield registers are underway
  • The Housing and Planning Act 2016 requires local authorities to have a statutory register of brownfield land that is suitable for housing - implementation will be by secondary legislation due to be introduced later in 2016

Aim at least to double the number of custom-built and self-built homes by 2020

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- Manifesto, page 52

  • The sector currently accounts for between 7-10% of completions. The government announced £350m of funding to support the sector at the 2015 Spending Review and from April 2016 a new fund offering £1bn in loan finance will be available. The Housing and Planning Act 2016 requires authorities to allocate suitable plots to prospective custom and self-builders
  • The Local Self Build Register - which gathers information from people who want to build their own home and holds it securely for use by local authorities - launched in April 2016. The Housing and Planning Act 2016 allows for secondary legislation to be introduced to require local authorities to maintain this register

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