IN RESPONSE to the Scottish Government consultation document, The Future of Right to Buy in Scotland, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has today called on the Scottish Government to stop tinkering around the edges of the Right to Buy scheme and be bold enough to scrap it altogether.
Andy Young, SFHA Policy and Membership Manager said:
“It is the view of the SFHA and its members that Right to Buy has had its day and has no place in 21st century Scotland. It has been beneficial to a relatively small number of individuals, but in our view a loss to the greater public good.
“Scottish people did not generally vote for the introduction of the policy back in 1980 and the Scottish Government now has an opportunity to use its devolved powers to decide once and for all the fate of Right to Buy. It is our view that it would be beneficial for all concerned for this to be done in as transparent and decisive a way as possible. We therefore urge the Scottish Government to give notice to all those tenants with the Right to Buy that the scheme will be abolished in one year’s time.”
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- The SFHA’s consultation response can be found here: http://www.sfha.co.uk/sfha/current-consultations/menu-id-87.html
- 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.
- 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.
- Housing associations and co-operatives are not-for-profit bodies regulated by the Scottish Housing Regulator.