Right to Buy

Giving Away Homes Would Be Bonkers

David Orr | Posted 12.02.2015 | 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...

No More Scrooge: Discounts For Right To Buy Homes

PA | Posted 22.12.2011 | UK Politics

Discounts offered to council tenants to buy their own homes will be increased to a maximum of £50,000 across England under plans to revitalise the Ri...

David Cameron: Housing Reforms Would 'Fire Up' The British Economy

Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.12.2011 | UK Politics

Extensions to the right to buy council homes and the release of thousands of acres of brownfield to developers are designed to to "fire up the engine ...

Cameron Vows To Boost Right To Buy And Extend Brownfield Building

PA | Posted 01.12.2011 | UK Politics

Thousands of acres of publicly-owned brownfield land are to be released by the Government for housebuilding, David Cameron announced on the eve of the...

Perspective on Housing Benefit Reforms

Grant Shapps | Posted 25.09.2011 | UK Politics
Grant Shapps

Our changes are part of the most radical reform of social housing for a generation, to give councils more flexibility to use their social housing stock to the maximum effect and drive down waiting lists.

Creating Ghettos of Failure

Peter Thornton | Posted 21.09.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Thornton

Why is this minister pursuing policies even more damaging that Margaret Thatcher ever dreamt of?