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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local 
Government
Fry Building 
2 Marsham Street 
London 
SW1P 4DF
T 030 3444 0000
www.gov.uk/mhclg
 
Keith Lisle
WDTK
Date: 16 December 2019
 
 
Dear Mr Lisle
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000 -  4773181
 
Thank you for your request for information, which we received on 18 November 
2019 and processed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
 
Your request was: 
"From the Conservative 2015 and 2017 Manifesto Pledge for the right to buy housing 
association homes. 
1. After a first pilot of the right to buy had completed. Why was it decided to run a 
another pilot, the Midlands VRTB pilot as a ballot with limited funds. 
2. How many applicants where in the first pilot, how many purchased their home, 
how much was the total cost of the first pilot? 
3. Who set the limited funding and allocations to 6000 for the Midlands VRTB pilot? 
4. As the Midlands VRTB pilot is still in fund and running until September 2020, who 
decides on if to run a seconds ballot for the unsuccessful applicants? 
5. Will there be any further national right to buy rollout, as pledged in the 
conservative manifesto? 
6. Will the right to buy run alongside the new announced shared owner right to buy? 
Yours faithfully, 
7. If the right to buy has been cancelled and replaced with the SORB scheme, who 
decided this breath of the manifesto pledge? 
8. When will the SORB scheme details for both new and existing housing association 
tenants be published?
"
 
We have determined that only questions 1-3 are requests for recorded information 
and therefore fall under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Questions 4-8 are not 
asking for recorded information and therefore we are providing this information 
outside of FOIA.
 
Please see below for the information which the Department holds and which we can 
provide you with. 
 

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Question 1. After a first pilot of the right to buy had completed. Why was it decided 
to run a another pilot, the Midlands VRTB pilot as a ballot with limited funds.

Answer: The Midlands pilot was announced in the Autumn Budget 2017, with the 
objective to test the Voluntary Right to Buy on a regional basis.
Question 2. How many applicants where in the first pilot, how many purchased their 
home, how much was the total cost of the first pilot?

Answer: In total the five housing associations in the pilot programme received 1013 
applications. The pilot completed in July 2017, with a total of 405 sales, at a cost of 
£26,995,324.
Question 3. Who set the limited funding and allocations to 6000 for the Midlands 
VRTB pilot?

Answer: The funding for the Midlands pilot was announced in the Autumn Budget 
2017, and the approach to allocating places on the pilot was decided by the MHCLG 
Ministers at the time.
Information being provided outside FOIA:
Question 4. As the Midlands VRTB pilot is still in fund and running until September 
2020, who decides on if to run a seconds ballot for the unsuccessful applicants?

Question 5. Will there be any further national right to buy rollout, as pledged in the 
conservative manifesto?

Question 6. Will the right to buy run alongside the new announced shared owner 
right to buy?

Question 7. If the right to buy has been cancelled and replaced with the SORB 
scheme, who decided this breath of the manifesto pledge?

Question 8. When will the SORB scheme details for both new and existing housing 
association tenants be published?

Regarding questions 4-8, the relevant Policy team have confirmed that any further 
policy decisions on the Voluntary Right to Buy, and any decisions or announcements 
on any other housing policies, will be made by the next Government after the general 
election. 
 
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within two months of receiving this response. You can also ask by letter addressed 
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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Knowledge and Information Access Team
4th Floor SE, Fry Building
2 Marsham Street
London, SW1P 4DF
 
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Yours sincerely
Knowledge and information Access Team