Tory councillor calls for 'right to part-buy' scheme
A housing cabinet member from a flagship Conservative borough has called on the government to bring in a ‘right to part-buy’ scheme.
Andrew Johnson, cabinet member for housing at Hammersmith & Fulham Council, speaking at the National Housing Federation annual conference in Birmingham today yesterday, described the revived right to buy as a ‘fantastic achievement’.
However he said: ‘I would like the government to go further, why can’t we have a right to part buy? Giving tenants the ability to part-buy their council home.’
Mr Johnson also called for greater freedom for councils to retain receipts from selling stock.
Hammersmith & Fulham is the second Conservative council in London to call for changes to the right to buy in less than a week.
Wandsworth Council last week called for the ability to offer the discount under the new right to buy as a deposit, rather than as a straightforward reduction. This, argued cabinet member Paul Ellis, would make it easier for people to gain access to the scheme.