Sadiq Khan warns of danger of right to buy scheme

19 August 2015, Blog

Mayoral hopeful Sadiq Khan has used figures from the National Housing Federation to make the point that more than half a million affordable homes could be removed from the capital’s stock by the government’s plans to sell off social housing in its controversial housing bill.

Khan’s office came to the 573,753 figure by combining the 135,462 council homes at risk, plus the 438,291 housing association homes. They have estimated that the three boroughs which would be most affected are Lambeth, Southwark and Tower Hamlets.

The bill, which will be considered by MPs in the next few months, “is expected to offer discounts worth up to £102,700 in London and £77,000 in the rest of England to people renting from housing associations who want to buy their homes.”

Khan’s concern is that the housing bill will contribute to London’s gentrification and “lead to the social cleansing of the capital”. He will respond to the legislation by tabling an amendment, requiring the government to build a replacement property before every sale.

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