Right to Buy is to be suspended in Flintshire for five years
Right to Buy is to be suspended in Flintshire for five years to ensure social housing is available for those who need it, First Minister Carwyn Jones has announced.
Under Right to Buy eligible social housing tenants across the UK are able to purchase their council or housing association property at a discount.
Over the past 30 years, it has resulted in a significant reduction in social housing stock. Between 1981 and 2014, 138,709 council homes were sold, with research indicating that many of the properties ended up in the private rented sector, costing local people more to rent and, in some cases, the public purse more in housing benefit.
The suspension of Right to Buy in Flintshire comes ahead of the Welsh Government introducing legislation to abolish it across the whole of Wales.
“I have agreed to Flintshire council’s application to suspend the Right to Buy to help them deal with the pressure their social housing is facing and to ensure that homes are available to those who need them,” said Jones.
“While this will help one area for a short period of time, we also need to address this issue for the long term. This is why we will be introducing legislation to abolish the Right to Buy in Wales.
“The Right to Buy is depleting our social housing stock. This damaging policy is further increasing the pressure on our social housing supply and is forcing many vulnerable people to wait longer for a home.
“Legislating to end the Right to Buy is the only sure way to prevent this and give social landlords the confidence to invest in building more of the affordable homes Wales needs.”