Halfon resolute on Right to Buy

Politics / Mon 6th Jan 2014 at 07:52am

HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon has continued to extol the virtues of the Right to buy scheme.

In his latest blog, Mr Halfon said: “One of the primary aims of Conservatism is a belief in property: the right to own one’s home – and ensuring that those on lower incomes can get on the housing ladder. It is fundamental to the Tory belief in aspiration, achievement and, providing ladders in which to climb.

This is why Margaret Thatcher introduced Right to Buy’ which enabled millions of council tenants to become home owners for the first time.

Today the Conservative-led Coalition announced an extension of Right to Buy with discounts of up to 70%. The discounts will now also rise in line with inflation, stopping tenants being priced out of buying their council house.

Since Right to Buy was extended, 13,400 social housing tenants have now become homeowners.

It is a policy that has social justice embedded in its’ core – ensuring that those on lower incomes have an opportunity to own their homes and that social housing is maintained.

All monies raised from the sale of Council Houses must be put back into building social housing ensuring that the social housing stock is replenished.

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