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Statistics on applications received for the HS2 Phase One and Phase Two Exceptional Hardship Schemes and the Need to Sell Scheme.

Although the Phase One Exceptional Hardship Scheme closed for applications on 16 January 2015 and the Phase Two Exceptional Hardship Scheme closed on 15 November 2016, the statistics below are updated on a monthly basis to reflect ongoing acquisitions.

Phase One Exceptional Hardship Scheme statistics

To date31 Oct 2020
Number of applications received574
Number of applications which are reapplications165
Number of applications withdrawn by applicants61
Average time in weeks for a decision (excluding waiting time for additional documentation requested by the Secretariat)6.9
Number of applications accepted161
Number of applications rejected362
Number of applications pending a decision0
Number of formal offers accepted by applicants148
Number of purchases which have completed147
Total values of those properties where purchase completed£91,739,480

Phase Two Exceptional Hardship Scheme statistics

To date30 Oct 2020
Number of applications received274
Number of applications which are re-applications73
Number of applications withdrawn by applicants38
Average time in weeks for a decision (excluding waiting time for additional documentation requested by the Secretariat)6.5
Number of applications accepted under the EHS97
Number of applications rejected under the EHS139
Number of applications pending a decision0
Number of formal offers accepted by applicants97
Number of purchases which have been completed97
Total values of those properties where purchase completed£61,243,551

Phase One and 2a Need to Sell Scheme statistics

To date31 May 2021
Number of applications received613
Number of applications which are re-applications182
Number of applications withdrawn by applicants93
Average time in weeks for a decision (excluding waiting time for additional documentation requested by the Secretariat)7.32
Number of applications accepted254
Number of applications rejected256
Number of applications pending a decision10
Number of formal offers accepted by applicants243
Number of purchases which have completed233
Total values of those properties where purchase completed£203,372,937

Phase 2b Need to Sell Scheme statistics

To date31 May 2021
Number of applications received335
Number of applications which are re-applications75
Number of applications withdrawn by applicants99
Average time in weeks for a decision (excluding waiting time for additional documentation requested by the Secretariat)7.45
Number of applications accepted81
Number of applications rejected152
Number of applications pending a decision3
Number of formal offers accepted by applicants75
Number of purchases which have completed71
Total values of those properties where purchase completed£35,463,703

Phase One, 2a and 2b Need to Sell Scheme statistics: compelling reason to sell

This data includes cases submitted for review by the Need to Sell Scheme’s panel, undertaken from 1 January 2016 to date.

A compelling reason to sell comes under criterion 5 of the Need to Sell Scheme. Applications can be considered to meet this criterion, but not be successful overall because other criteria were not met. Where an application was successful on criterion 5 but unsuccessful overall, and further applications were made, only the initial application where this criterion was deemed to be met is counted. When one or more applications were submitted where criterion 5 was not met, all applications are counted.

ReasonSuccessful applications (Jan 16 to Jan 21)Unsuccessful applications (Jan 16 to July 21)
Financial: change in circumstances1215
Financial: difficulty3436
Life stage: retirement1217
Life stage: family1214
Life stage: education26
Life stage: location of accommodation710
Life stage: type or size of accommodation3033
Employment: relocation1714
Circumstance: winding-up of deceased’s estate212
Circumstance: marriage / divorce2513
Health: care requirements2615
Health: type of accommodation4628
Health: location of accommodation1811
Other: combination of factors3975
Other49