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Scotland ends right to buy

The right-to-buy system for local authority tenants is to come to an end in Scotland with a new law to be introduced aimed at setting new standards for social property landlords...

A new housing bill to be introduced in 2020 will see a social housing charter set up to create new standards for social property landlords and those that fail to meet the targets will face a clampdown.

The right-to-buy council property in the UK was introduced in 1980 and widely hailed as a way of offering poorer families the means to buy their own property.It resulted in half a million council homes being sold and it was much criticised for leaving many local authorities bereft of affordable housing.

The Scottish Government said it plans to invest £1.5 billion in affordable housing over the next three years which will include a new generation of council house building. ‘Social housing provides a secure and sustainable alternative to home ownership for 600,000 households in Scotland.

Our Housing Bill will safeguard that housing for future generations by ending the right-to-buy for all new-supply social housing,' said First Minister Alex Salmond.

The Scottish Government is also proposing a new law to stop bankrupt people losing their homes unnecessarily.A review of possible solutions, as part of the Debt and Family Homes Bill, will look at whether legislation could prevent creditors from taking the homes of people in debt to them.

Others in the industry welcomed the news and in particular Shelter Scotland said it will offer an alternative for those facing re-possession because of the property and economic downturn.

‘Measures to help protect those facing re-possession is always good news. Repossession is a living nightmare for families faced with it, and must be prevented wherever possible,' said Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland.

I know a few rather skuzzy types who hang on to the hope that you and I will subsidize their council house purchase. Looks like that ain't gonna happen. The whole right to buy of Thatcher is the root of our problems today, and the sooner they close up this social irresponsible bailout the better.

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Scotland ends right to buy

I know a few rather skuzzy types who hang on to the hope that you and I will subsidize their council house purchase. Looks like that ain't gonna happen. The whole right to buy of Thatcher is the root of our problems today, and the sooner they close up this social irresponsible bailout the better.

This is for 'new tenants' from 2020?

I expect the Tories will do the same in England.

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Why is it not from 2010??

Many Scottish municipalities have a freeze on buying anyhow, which with the current economic climate and grim long term outlook will most likely carry on until 2020. Remember, the Scottish budget from Westminster is going to shink by a huge margin next year and beyond.

But you are right, it should be 2010.

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The whole right to buy of Thatcher is the root of our problems today, and the sooner they close up this social irresponsible bailout the better.

It wasn't really Thatcher's idea. RTB, like neutering the unions was a Labour idea that they didn't have the balls to implement themselves. The policy was dreamed up by Bernard Donoughue (later Lord Donoughue) when he was Lucky Jim Callaghan's Senior Policy Advisor. Callaghan liked the policy but true to Labour party form it was sabotaged in cabinet by a motely and disloyal collection of fools, weaklings and cowards - primarily Benn, Shore, Ennals and Foot. Thatcher could see the electoral appeal of the RTB policy, stole it and the rest is history...

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Thatcher could see the electoral appeal of the RTB policy, stole it and the rest is history...

Or in this case her story.

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It wasn't really Thatcher's idea. RTB, like neutering the unions was a Labour idea that they didn't have the balls to implement themselves. The policy was dreamed up by Bernard Donoughue (later Lord Donoughue) when he was Lucky Jim Callaghan's Senior Policy Advisor. Callaghan liked the policy but true to Labour party form it was sabotaged in cabinet by a motely and disloyal collection of fools, weaklings and cowards - primarily Benn, Shore, Ennals and Foot. Thatcher could see the electoral appeal of the RTB policy, stole it and the rest is history...

so you think the right to buy policy was good idea?

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Ending RTB is a good idea, but should have happened years ago.

Not to sure about this bit though...

The Scottish Government is also proposing a new law to stop bankrupt people losing their homes unnecessarily.A review of possible solutions, as part of the Debt and Family Homes Bill, will look at whether legislation could prevent creditors from taking the homes of people in debt to them.

'Your home is at risk if you do not keep up repayments' etc...

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so you think the right to buy policy was good idea?

Of course. There's also no doubt it would have helped Labour in the 1979 GE if they'd had the balls/brains to have the policy in their manifesto.

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"The Scottish Government is also proposing a new law to stop bankrupt people losing their homes unnecessarily.A review of possible solutions, as part of the Debt and Family Homes Bill, will look at whether legislation could prevent creditors from taking the homes of people in debt to them"

Just shows the Scottish Government hate prudent people just as much as Labour. Get in debt and we will help you.

Why don't the governments just make it a criminal offence to have more than a month's pay in the bank?

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It wasn't really Thatcher's idea. RTB, like neutering the unions was a Labour idea that they didn't have the balls to implement themselves. The policy was dreamed up by Bernard Donoughue (later Lord Donoughue) when he was Lucky Jim Callaghan's Senior Policy Advisor. Callaghan liked the policy but true to Labour party form it was sabotaged in cabinet by a motely and disloyal collection of fools, weaklings and cowards - primarily Benn, Shore, Ennals and Foot. Thatcher could see the electoral appeal of the RTB policy, stole it and the rest is history...

If fact some council houses could be bought before right to buy, but the big discounts and stupid side effects were down to Thatcher.

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Why don't the governments just make it a criminal offence to have more than a month's pay in the bank?

DOh!! They might if they could get away with excluding ministers from it

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