Tuesday, 7 October 2014

National review needed on Right to Buy - Cambridge MP

A national review should be launched into the government’s Right to Buy scheme as families face long waiting times for desperately needed homes, claims MP Julian Huppert.

And local authorities should be able to make their own decisions as whether or not to implement the scheme in their areas based on housing problems in their towns and cities.

Julian’s call won support at the Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference where he said that although Right to Buy has allowed some people on low incomes to buy their homes, it has seriously depleted the social housing stock across the country.

“Under Labour, between 1997 and 2010 social housing fell by 420,000,” said Julian. “Although the scheme had benefits, because it gave people who wouldn’t normally have been able to afford to buy, a chance to own their homes, it failed to replace the stock. That was the flaw in this policy.

“Now we have long waiting lists and families waiting for desperately needed accommodation. Labour failed to build enough new homes and we find ourselves in a precarious situation where the government has a one-size-fits-all policy regardless of what’s happening on the ground.

“We need a full national review on Right to Buy so that we can understand the effect and consequences of this policy across the country. And we need to hand control over this policy back to the people who understand their areas and local need.”