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South Kesteven to review 'Right to Buy'




A review of the ‘Right To Buy’ of council homes in South Kesteven is to take place.

Deputy council leader Kelham Cooke announced the move at Governance and Audit committee as officers gave their findings on audits of various council processes.

A report on council house sales highlighted SKDC has ‘no policy’ on them, meaning that it cannot prevent any sales.

It said: “The legislation states that a tenant does not have the right to buy if your home is particularly suitable for occupation by elderly persons taking into account its location, design, heating system and other features. The council does not have a policy that defines those properties that are particularly suitable for occupation by elderly persons and which would therefore be excluded from the Right to Buy. The result is that no properties are excluded from the Right To Buy.”

Coun Cooke told the meeting: “I think we should have a policy for this. I know we have a shortage of bungalows. I’m going to ask the chairman of Overview and Scrutiny Committee to get a review of the Right to Buy policy.

SKDC Labour group leader Coun Phil Dilks said: “This shows the value in internal audit in highlighting these policies. I am sure it will now be addressed.”

The audit report also noted, however, that whilst SKDC had information and links to government data, its website had no details of its own. “The council has not produced any of its own guidance for tenants interested in making use of the Right to Buy Scheme. We have noted that a number of neighbouring authorities including North Kesteven and City of Lincoln both have information guides, in plain English.”



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