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York Wants To Opt Out Of Right To Buy

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We still have a lib dem element in the coalition dont we.

I dont see how Camoron can push through anything without them.

I don't think RTB requires primary legislation, it can be done purely by ministerial diktat.

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Whoever wins in May I doubt Pickles will be running housing anymore.

But in the end when we had strong local councils - like the old London County Council - with real powers to deliver housing we saw millions built in the 1930s and 1950s. Since we moved down this central government diktat/developer route its been a disaster.

In the end if people in York and their council don't want right to buy - that should be their local choice via the ballot box. Otherwise what is the point of local government - you vote Labour/UKIP/LD via a landslide in your council but a Tory government with no seats and few votes on your council overrules you.

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Whoever wins in May I doubt Pickles will be running housing anymore.

But in the end when we had strong local councils - like the old London County Council - with real powers to deliver housing we saw millions built in the 1930s and 1950s. Since we moved down this central government diktat/developer route its been a disaster.

In the end if people in York and their council don't want right to buy - that should be their local choice via the ballot box. Otherwise what is the point of local government - you vote Labour/UKIP/LD via a landslide in your council but a Tory government with no seats and few votes on your council overrules you.

In this area I would agree. Generally, im not a fan of 'local government' on the scale of towns and cities...I think it gives the NIMBYs free reign and you get these localized 'tin pot dictator' types concentrating power in a few local figureheads...seems to be a problem with it in the USA, anyway, corruption and political inheritances basically run places with devolved power like Chicago.

Obviously it happens at a national level, but I really believe giving too much power to too small an area has f*cked up a lot of cities in the US.

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Wow, quite a few negative comments on there about this idea!

Absolutely - central government has f*****d up this country so maybe its time we moved back to strong local government as we used to have. It was certainly a lot more effective and delivered for the people - especially on housing.

If local people want right to buy in their area - fine - vote for a local council who supports it. If you don't - vote for councillors that oppose it. Its called local democracy.

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Absolutely - central government has f*****d up this country so maybe its time we moved back to strong local government as we used to have. It was certainly a lot more effective and delivered for the people - especially on housing.

If local people want right to buy in their area - fine - vote for a local council who supports it. If you don't - vote for councillors that oppose it. Its called local democracy.

ha...everytime a 'local party' crops up around here, its invariably a NIMBY outfit.

We need less democracy (at any level) and more freedom.

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So, the council has voted in favour:

The final meeting before the election has been dominated by debate over housing and resulted in a motion carried which will see the council writing to the secretary of state to make an immediate request to be exempt from Right to Buy due to the “exceptionally difficult York housing picture”.

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/11883905.Council_will_bid_to_end_Right_to_Buy_for_York_council_houses/

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As a council dweller I`m free to rent or buy as I feel fits my situation.

If laws are changed at the local level I would have my application in by next weekend.

As it is I`d just let it drift.

The law of unintended consequences bites again?

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