Right to Buy

Righting the Wrongs of Right to Buy

Catherine Ryder | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK
Catherine Ryder

What more do we know now the Queen has sat down that we didn't know last week? We know there will be a housing bill and that extending Right to Buy will be part of it, but that's about it. Quite how much of the detail has been worked out behind the scenes and how much is still up for grabs remains to be seen.

Think One-For-One Replacement of the Right to Buy Stacks Up? Look at Greater Manchester

John Bibby | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Politics
John Bibby

Probably the hardest hit by the failure to replace Right to Buy homes is the heart of the Northern Powerhouse itself, Greater Manchester, and the conurbation's experience should set off screaming alarm bells about what may happen under the new scheme. Some 863 social rented homes have been sold in Greater Manchester since 2012, when the promise of one-for-one replacements was first made. Yet of those only two have been replaced: two connected semis on a cul-de-sac in a Wigan suburb. To put it bluntly, the government has tried to squeeze too much out of too small an amount of money...

A Letter to David Cameron

Stephen Fear | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen Fear

Dear Mr Cameron... I write firstly to congratulate you on your election victory which in my opinion was won on the back of the very excellent job that you and George Osborne did in repairing our shattered economy.

Extending the Right to Buy Will Not Solve Housing Shortage

Jeremy Raj | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Jeremy Raj

Concurrent policies to build 200,000 starter homes are to be applauded, but given the dismal record of housebuilding over the last decades, perhaps the applause should be put on hold until some front door keys have actually been handed over. Otherwise, how odd to focus energy on encouraging those with a subsidised roof over their heads also to own it, at a stroke removing availability to others in need.

It is Time to Focus on the Future, and Not Only Live in the Now

Karim Goudiaby | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Karim Goudiaby

The government needs to re-evaluate the Right to Buy scheme and establish a new way for citizens to live comfortably. If they focused on creating long-term options such as rent-only neighborhoods, or providing more funds to citizens with a low-income, the housing crisis could soon become a thing of the past.

Extending Right to Buy Is a Monumentally Stupid Idea, and Thinking That Doesn't Make you a Miserable Marxist

Matt Lacey | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Politics
Matt Lacey

This policy might buy the Conservatives some votes, but at a heavy cost to the country as a whole. If thinking this makes me a dour communist, paint me red and call me Karl.

Tories' Right To Buy Headache Just Got Even Worse

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 16.04.2015 | UK Politics

The Tories' headache over extending 'right to buy' worsened as a housing association warned it would take legal action if it were forced to sell its h...

Tories Launch 'Right To Buy Votes' Campaign

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Comedy

The Conservative Party launched its 'right to buy votes' policy today in its 2015 election manifesto. The Tories' pledge to buy the working class v...

Seven Reasons Why Extending 'Right to Buy' to Housing Associations Is Plain Bad Policy

David Orr | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK Politics
David Orr

Housing is already shaping up to be one of the key issues in the manifestos and in the election campaign. That's great. But the headline issue in the Conservative Party manifesto is a promise to extend the Right to Buy. This is comprehensively the wrong solution. In fact, as a measure to end the housing crisis, this is just about the worst idea yet.

Theresa May's Attempts To Explain Right To Buy Like A 'Dog's Dinner'

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Politics

As the nation argues over the new Right To Buy policy announced by the Conservatives today, Theresa May’s attempt at explaining how exactly the syst...

Tory Right-To-Buy Pledge Is 'Wrong Solution' Say Housing Campaigners

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK

Housing experts have torn into the Conservatives' manifesto pledge to grant 1.3 million housing association tenants the right to buy their homes, with...

Giving Away Homes Would Be Bonkers

David Orr | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Politics
David Orr

If you are an avid reader of the Daily Telegraph or Times you will be aware that there is a new round of speculation that some of our politicians are interested in extending the Right to Buy to housing associations... If there is a serious proposal to legislate again, it will fail again. And here's why.

Bring Back Right to Buy and Stimulate House Building

Phil Shanks | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
Phil Shanks

We have run the numbers and concluded we can make this work. While it is complicated and requires a sound knowledge of housing demand and its resultant policy; bringing institutional investment into funding housing supply is the product of a whole range of socio economic and technical demands...

We Need to Talk About the Right to Buy

David Orr | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK
David Orr

The housing market is fundamentally different to that of 1980. But was Right to Buy a good thing, and is it a useful measure now?

Thatcher's Ministers Warned Her That Cuts Would Cause Housing Crisis

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

Margaret Thatcher was warned by her own cabinet ministers that she risked causing an "unacceptable" increase in homelessness and "hardship" by slashin...

A Welsh 'Right to Buy' : Solving the Housing Shortage

Andrew RT Davies | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew RT Davies

In Wales, house-building is at its lowest since the second-world war. The Welsh Government has had devolved responsibility for housing since 1999. In those years, we've seen housing as a priority dip lower and lower on their agenda.

UK Renters Are Being Taken for a Ride and It's Time to Take a Stand

Laurna Robertson | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Laurna Robertson

It's time we admit that people who are renting in the UK, through choice or necessity, are being treated as second class citizens and widespread action is needed. At present, rarely a day passes without a story in the news about the non-existent rights of renters and the plethora of ways private landlords and letting agents have of exploiting this.

Thatcher: A Learning Opportunity Missed?

Jim Cowan | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Politics
Jim Cowan

Right or left, those who do not learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them, something politicians of all hues have been doing since she left office and, no doubt will continue to do into the future.

Margaret Thatcher the Council House Snatcher

Laurna Robertson | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Politics
Laurna Robertson

There's no feeling like owning your own home - a retreat from the rest of the world, a safe haven, a place where you can fully express yourself. Does that feeling of satisfaction double when you have two or three properties?

Dear Mr Prisk - You Are 'Reigniting the Right to Buy' What, Exactly?

Phil Shanks | Posted 02.02.2013 | UK Politics
Phil Shanks

There is nothing wrong with aspiration. It is something that I believe in strongly; there is nothing wrong with the aspiration to own your own home. However, it is not acceptable to meet this aspiration by denying the rights of those who must rent.

Britain Can Still be a Nation of Homeowners Despite Tough Times

Martin Roberts | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Roberts

Buy something you can add value to. Don't go for your dream home first time. It almost certainly ain't gonna happen. Don't be put off by grubbiness. If it needs work, good, if it needs a lot of work, even better - you can really increase value.

Right to Buy?

Tom Copley | Posted 20.11.2012 | UK Politics
Tom Copley

It was hardly a surprise when a Tory housing minister in a Tory-led government announced that he was to reanimate the corpse of right to buy. Once again, reassurances have been given that each home sold will be replaced. Yet the devil is as always in the detail.

'A Vital Rung On The Property Ladder'

PA | Posted 03.04.2012 | UK Politics

A dramatic increase in the discount available to tenants buying their council homes will restore "a vital rung on the property ladder", David Cameron ...

The Next Sub-Prime Mortgage Crisis - We Have Learnt Nothing

James Yardley | Posted 13.05.2012 | UK Politics
James Yardley

Some lessons are never learned and the boom and bust of the housing market is one of them. As we finish one housing crash we are already setting ourselves up for the next one. The seeds for the next sub-prime mortgage crisis have already been sown.

Council Tenants To Be Offered £75,000 Housing Discount

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.03.2012 | UK

David Cameron has pledged to "reboot" the right-to-buy scheme by offering council tenants discounts of up to £75,000. The larger-than-expected ext...