Council support could see the right to buy ended in Scotland
Time to say goodbye?
Will Scotland become the first part of the UK to abolish the right to buy? The consultation on the controversial policy’s future closed yesterday with bodies such as the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and the Chartered Institute of Housing backing the move to abolish.
More surprising is the apparent support from many Scottish councils, whose councillors would risk the wrath of an electorate deprived of one of the most popular government policies ever. Councils are not, however, stupid. The modernised right to buy does little to stem the sale of homes and they see the value, as housing associations do, in retaining their stock and trumpeting the benefits of this in maintaining strong communities. So will housing minister Keith Brown take the plunge? So long as stock transfer bodies such as Glasgow Housing Association and Dumfries and Galloway don’t demur, council support and a ready narrative of Scottish trailblazing to exploit could well mean the right to bye-bye.