SFHA Welcomes Right to Buy U-turn in East Lothian
Published by SFHA for Scottish Federation Of Housing Associations in Housing and also in Central Government
The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations has welcomed today’s U-turn by East Lothian Council in ditching plans to reintroduce the Right to Buy.
Andy Young, SFHA Policy Manager, said:
“We are pleased to see that East Lothian Council has been brave enough to revisit its earlier decision on Right to Buy. Their revised stance on this issue is inkeeping with the thoughts of a growing number of local authorities and practically all housing associations and co-operatives. We hope that the Scottish Government will now show similar courage and abolish the Right to Buy in Scotland once and for all.”
The Scottish Government is currently consulting on proposals to end the Right to Buy altogether in Scotland. (1)
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- The Scottish Government’s consultation on further changes to the right to buy can be found at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2012/06/7065
- Why the SFHA wants to end the Right to Buy – read more on our website here http://www.sfha.co.uk/sfha/current-campaigns/right-to-buy/menu-id-292.html
- The SFHA was established in 1976 and has around 170 members providing affordable housing and wider community services in Scotland, as well as a further 200 commercial members. The SFHA is owned by its membership and exists to support the work of housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland by providing services, advice and good practice guidance.
- The SFHA is the voice of the principal builders and managers of new affordable housing for rent in Scotland. Housing Associations own and manage around 40% of the country’s affordable rented housing stock, over a quarter of a million homes across Scotland.
- Housing associations and co-operatives are not-for-profit bodies regulated by the Scottish Housing Regulator.