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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 date30 Apr 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Number of applications withdrawn by applicants61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 Apr 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Number of applications withdrawn by applicants38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 date30 Apr 2020
Number of applications received578
Number of applications which are re-applications145
Number of applications withdrawn by applicants73
Average time in weeks for a decision (excluding waiting time for additional documentation requested by the Secretariat)6.41
Number of applications accepted252
Number of applications rejected231
Number of applications pending a decision22
Number of formal offers accepted by applicants242
Number of purchases which have completed214
Total values of those properties where purchase completed£191,480,143

Phase 2b Need to Sell Scheme statistics

To date30 Apr 2020
Number of applications received320
Number of applications which are re-applications69
Number of applications withdrawn by applicants72
Average time in weeks for a decision (excluding waiting time for additional documentation requested by the Secretariat)7.38
Number of applications accepted77
Number of applications rejected142
Number of applications pending a decision29
Number of formal offers accepted by applicants70
Number of purchases which have completed60
Total values of those properties where purchase completed£30,254,853

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. Separate figures are provided which shows the data for January 2018 to January 2019 only. Where an application has been successful it has been counted only once. When submitted to more than one panel review, all panel reviews are included. A compelling reason to sell comes under criterion 5 of the Need to Sell Scheme.

ReasonSuccessful applications (Jan 16 to July 19)Unsuccessful applications (Jan 16 to July 19)Successful applications (Jan 18 to July 19)Unsuccessful applications (Jan 18 to July 19)
Financial: change in circumstance131223
Financial: difficulty302935
Life stage: retirement161121
Life stage: family101532
Life stage: education4400
Life stage: location of accommodation6902
Life stage: type or size of accommodation332372
Employment: relocation151120
Circumstance: winding-up of deceased’s estate25060
Circumstance: marriage / divorce251141
Health: care requirements281733
Health: type of accommodation391272
Health: location of accommodation161313
Other: combination of factors3853410
Other71012