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Right to buy scrapped

July 11th 2009
Government plans to scrap the right to buy for new-build affordable housing in Scotland have been welcomed by The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and homeless charity Shelter Scotland. Tenants moving into newly-built council or housing association homes would no longer be entitled to buy them under Scottish Government plans published in a draft bill. Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, said that radical reform of the right to buy was the right thing to do. He added: "We commend the inclusion of radical reform to right to buy in the proposed draft housing bill and hope that it will be the death knell of this outdated policy. "Since the policy started more than 25 years ago, nearly half a million public sector homes have been sold off in Scotland, while only around 42,000 council homes have been built over the same period." Mr Brown added: "Selling off council stock, while starving local authorities of cash to replace them, has been a contributing factor in the current housing crisis that sees hundreds of thousands of people either on waiting lists or in temporary housing." Jacqui Watt, chief executive of the SFHA, said: "In these difficult economic times, a plentiful supply of well-managed and affordable rented stock is more important than ever."

June 2009



The Mayor's year

Just getting by

Gatekeeping protest

Who wants to know?

Olympic legacy

A death and a near miss

Investigating Novas

Big Issue vendor killed

Judge tells man told to 'go down south'

Brighton authorities back out of LGBT funding

Hope House triples to cope with demand

Camden 'cuts' rough sleeping to single figures

Worthing beggar beaten and left for dead

Little House on the Pallet

Families in Wales lose out

Peyroux plays Endell Street

Polish shelter fire kills 23

Mortgage Rescue Scheme flounders

Homeless on display at Chelsea

Hackney hostel facelift

Needlestick injuries, part 2

You looking at my bird?

Free dental care in Glasgow

Edinburgh homeless numbers rise

Funding slashed

Rural homeless

Right to buy scrapped

Revamped services in Edinburgh

US handouts


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