MSPs attack Cameron over right to buy
Scottish MSPs have criticised David Cameron’s plan to invigorate the right to buy in England, calling it ‘entirely the wrong decision’.
Speaking in a debate in the Scottish Parliament this morning, Scottish National Party politician Jamie Hepburn said the Scottish Government’s limit on right to buy helped councils increase their supply of homes.
He said the Westminster government’s plan to encourage the scheme south of the border was wrong ‘for the people of England’.
Scotland has sold around 441,000 council houses under the right to buy scheme. In January 2010, then housing minister Alex Neil announced that the scheme would be scrapped for new social housing tenants.
But Conservative member Ruth Davidson said she was ‘proud’ of right to buy and that it was a ‘myth’ that it reduced housing stock. ‘It empowered hundreds of thousands of low income families to aspire to home ownership,’ she said.
The housing minister, Keith Brown, also reaffirmed the SNP-led administration’s commitment to build 30,000 affordable homes by the end of this parliament.
‘Despite drastic cuts by the UK Government we are investing to help increase the supply of affordable homes, which remains one our top priorities,’ he said.