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Public backs Cardiff Right to Buy suspension

Right to buy (RtB)could be suspended in Cardiff after the proposal received public backing.

At present, most council and housing association tenants have the Right to Buy after five years at a discount of £8,000. Since 1985, the council's social housing stock has shrunk from 23,000 homes to 13,807, mostly due to Right to Buy sales.

With 8,300 applicants on its waiting list, including 4,600 with "significant housing need", and a total of 10,120 affordable homes needed over the next five years, the council wants to suspend RtB to prevent any further loss of social housing.

In the consultation held at the end of last year, more than half of respondents – 57.2% – backed the suspension, with 30.4% against and 12.5% unsure.

"We had a very good response to the recent consultation on suspending Right to Buy, with nearly 2,800 responses from a wide range of individuals. It was good to see the high level of support for the proposal," said Councillor Susan Elsmore, cabinet member for health, housing and wellbeing.

"With a growing need for affordable housing in the city and many people in temporary or unsuitable accommodation, it is essential that we retain our existing stock to ensure that affordable homes are available for those who need them."

The council's cabinet will consider a recommendation to apply to the Welsh Government to suspend RtB for five years when it meets on 16 February.

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