Statistics Show a 50% Drop in Right-to-buy Sales over the Last Two Years – Shelter Comment

Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland, comments on its new analysis of national housing statistics showing a 50% drop in right-to-buy sales over the last two years.  He said:

“We welcome the latest figures which show that over the last two years there has been a 50% reduction in sales of local authority homes in Scotland under the right-to-buy scheme.

“This is good news for people on housing waiting lists and shows that the Scottish Parliament was right to reform the system to secure the supply of social housing.

“The big challenge now is how to build enough new homes for the generations locked out of home-ownership and social housing.  The answer will not come by selling off the few homes our nation currently has at massive discounts.”

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Notes to Editors:

1. Scottish Government national housing statistics can be found here: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/08/30084023/1
In 2008/09 there were 3,678 LA properties sold, in 2010/11 there were 1,836

2. Shelter Scotland provides expert support services, online advice and a free national helpline for everyone facing housing and homelessness difficulties. For advice and support visit http://scotland.shelter.org.uk or call 0808 800 4444.

3. Spokespeople are available for interview – call the media office on 0844 515 2442.

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Shelter Scotland believes everyone should have a home. We help people find and keep a home. We campaign for decent housing for all.

Contact: Sabina Kadic-Mackenzie
Phone: 08445152442

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