Right to Buy to be abolished in Wales

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Carwyn Jones Welsh First Minister

The Right to Buy scheme has been outlined to be abolished under a bill due to be introduced later this year.

Welsh first minister Carwyn Jones addressed the Welsh Assembly yesterday, stating that six Bills will be introduced over the next year, including ensuring a sufficient supply of social housing by abolishing the Right to Buy and the Right to Acquire.

“This will ensure social housing is available to those who need it, and who are unable to access accommodation through home ownership or the private rented sector,” he said.

Housing listed as a sixth priority for the Welsh electorate in a poll carried out in May.

Kevin Howell, the director of CIH Cymru at the time, said: “The housing crisis in Wales is all too real. Since 2008, house prices have risen by 16 per cent. 152,000 20 to 34 year-olds still live at home, and 8,596 families have been on the housing waiting list since before the last election.

Stuart Ropke, chief executive of Community Housing Cymru, said: “The housing crisis is not just about houses – it’s about homes, it’s about people, it’s about communities.

“A home is one of the most basic but most vital building blocks of life and there simply aren’t enough affordable homes in Wales for those that need them. Homes for Wales speaks with one voice and calls on all politicians to commit to ending the housing crisis and building a stronger Wales.”

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