SFHA welcomes report of revised stance on Right to Buy

THE Scottish Federation of Housing Associations has welcomed a report today, claiming East Lothian Council has revised its stance on Right to Buy.

Begins The Scotsman newspaper today: “Plans to reintroduce a ‘right to buy’ scheme for council houses in East Lothian have been scrapped.”

Andy Young, SFHA policy manager, said: “We are pleased to read that East Lothian Council seems to have been brave enough to revisit its earlier decision on Right to Buy. Their revised stance on this issue is in keeping with the thoughts of a growing number of local authorities and practically all housing associations and co-operatives. We hope that the Scottish Government will now show similar courage and abolish the Right to Buy in Scotland once and for all.”

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on proposals to end the Right to Buy altogether in Scotland. (1)

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NOTES:

  1. The Scottish Government’s consultation on further changes to the right to buy can be found at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2012/06/7065  
  1. Why the SFHA wants to end the Right to Buy – read more on our website here http://www.sfha.co.uk/sfha/current-campaigns/right-to-buy/menu-id-292.html  
  1. The SFHA was established in 1976 and has around 170 members providing affordable housing and wider community services in Scotland, as well as a further 200 commercial members. The SFHA is owned by its membership and exists to support the work of housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland by providing services, advice and good practice guidance.
  1. The SFHA is the voice of the principal builders and managers of new affordable housing for rent in Scotland. Housing Associations own and manage around 40 per cent of the country’s affordable rented housing stock, over a quarter of a million homes across Scotland.
  1. Housing associations and co-operatives are not-for-profit bodies regulated by the Scottish Housing Regulator.

Contact: Claire Munro

Email: cmunro@sfha.co.uk
Website: http://www.sfha.co.uk