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Why we voted yes to a Voluntary Right to Buy Offer


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A message from
Gordon Perry, Chief Executive


RighttobuymainIn the past few months, you may have heard about the government’s plans to extend the right to buy scheme to include 1.3m housing association residents in the news. 

At a special meeting on Wednesday 30 September 2015, the Accent Board voted to accept a voluntary right to buy offer made to Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by the National Housing Federation on behalf of all housing associations. The voluntary offer was made to avoid having legislation forced upon us, something that neither government or housing associations want. In negotiating a scheme with the government, we can protect our independence and our charitable status as not-for-profit charitable housing associations.

We believe this is the best decision for Accent. Like any other sector, we must be as effective and efficient as we possibly can, and we must continue to deliver the best possible services to you – our customers. Accepting the voluntary offer will help to keep us strong as a business and ensure that we can continue to provide you with the high quality homes and services you have the right to expect.

Many of you will support the government’s right to buy scheme, and we have no wish to deny you the right to buy your home. This is one of the reasons why we have agreed to the offer.  

We owe it to you as part of our personal, modern and better service to make sure we support you to have a better life and improve the choices you have, including that of home ownership.

As yet, the government has not told us how the right to buy will be offered to you, so please don’t call us, as we won’t be able to help you or answer your questions. We will contact you when we have the details and we will publish a list of questions and answers shortly.

 

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