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House Of Lords Vote Casts Doubt On Tory Plans To Extend Right To Buy

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There's been a huge set back in the government's plans to force housing associations to sell off social housing. Now they'll have to go back to the drawing board.

House of Lords vote casts doubt on Tory plans to extend right to buy

Amendment to charities bill, backed by the Lords on Monday, could scupper plan to force housing associations to sell to tenants at a discount

Government plans to extend the right to buy to housing association tenants face a major setback after the House of Lords voted in favour of a crossbench amendment to the charities bill which seeks to block the measure. Peers voted vote 257-174 in favour of an amendment that seeks to ensure charities are not “compelled to use or dispose of their assets in a way which is inconsistent with their charitable purposes”. Although the amendment does not mention housing associations, many have charitable status and it would block Tory plans to force them to sell their housing stock to tenants at a discount, which will be included in the housing bill and presented to parliament later this year.

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it was a daft idea from the outset and never understood why they thought it would garner them more votes

at least it wasn't the SNP /Labour opposition who derailed it or we would never have heard the last of it.

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