Jamie Hailstone 19 November 2012

Scottish councils back scrapping right to buy

The majority of Scottish councils are in favour of abolishing the right to buy for council and social housing tenants, according to a government report.

A consultation by the Scottish government found 81% of councils want to see the right to buy ended and 92% of social landlords are also in favour of abolishing it.

The majority (87%) of organisations who took part in the consultation said there should be more restrictions on the policy.

Among the reasons given were that the right to buy system has become too complex to administer and the current demand for social housing far outstrips supply.

If the right to buy is scrapped, 73% of respondents recommended giving two years notice or less.

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