Right to Buy Scheme: expanding in England, shut down in Scotland…

published on 09/08/2016  

Wales is set to join Scotland in scrapping the right for council tenants to buy their homes. In the 37 years since the scheme launched in 1979, two million homes have been sold to their tenants – many of whom have sold them on at a substantial profit, or let them.
Now, as the Conservative government expands the scheme in England, the devolved administrations of Scotland and Wales are halting the scheme, arguing that the cost to social housing supply has been too great.
The Labour led Assembly will abolish the right as soon as legislation can be passed – and, with immediate effect, have halved the discount available to those who wish to buy now.