Housing expenditure plans
This Chapter considers key trends in housing expenditures and rents. In particular it comments on the difficultly in comparing the latest ODPM
housing expenditure plans with those for previous years, and the limited information provided in this years ODPM annual report.
It also discusses the implications of the HM Treasurys new 'Green Book' conventions that set a 3.5% annual discount for evaluating the relative
merits of alternative expenditure options over time. There are also some critical observations on the recent National Audit Office and Committee
of Public Accounts reports on stock transfers.
The chapter also sets out a new analysis of the average period of post purchase occupation by right to buy applicants. This leads to the conclusion
that, in broad terms, the right to buy now provides value for money to the exchequer.
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||Housing components of the Communities Plan Summary Budget
||Post-1999 decline in Right to Buy discounts
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