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Sargeant announces Right to Buy suspension in Cardiff

Words: Laura Edgar
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Welsh communities secretary Carl Sargeant has announced that the Right to Buy will be suspended in Cardiff for five years as the council looks to ensure that social housing is available for those who need it.

Over the past 30 years, the Right to Buy has led to a “significant reduction” in social housing stock, according to the Welsh Government. Between 1981 and 2014, 138,709 council homes were sold – a loss of 45 per cent of social housing.

Sargeant said: “I have agreed to Cardiff 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.”

Earlier this year (March), the Welsh Government put a bill banning the Right to Buy and associated rights before the National Assembly for 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.”

Lynda Thorne, Cardiff Council cabinet member for housing and communities, said: “I am very pleased that the Welsh Government has granted the council permission to suspend the Right to Buy scheme in Cardiff for five years. Local authorities are able to do this in areas of housing pressure and that is certainly the case in Cardiff.

“Cardiff is one of the UK’s fastest-growing cities and with over 8,000 people currently on the waiting list for social housing, we have to do everything we can to ensure we are providing good-quality housing for those most in need, both now and into the future.”

Thorne added that in 1985 the council had 23,000 homes, but now, largely through the Right to Buy, the current stock is in the region of 13,400 properties.

“This decision enables us to safeguard our much-needed housing provision for current and future generations.”

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