Labour has said it will definitely curtail the use of the right-to-buy scheme in the property ‘hotspots’ currently found in the South East.
Speaking at the Government’s annual party conference, John Prescott, deputy prime minister, has clarified his stance over the future of right to buy, stating its availability would be restricted in some areas of the UK.
He told delegates in Blackpool there was a shortage of affordable housing in the South East which was forcing key workers, such as nurses and teachers, to quit and move out of the area, because they could not afford to live close to their place of work.
Prescott said: ‘In these areas of housing shortage, the right to buy is denying families the right to a home.
‘I am not saying we will end the right to buy. No one is seeking to turn the clock back 20 years. But the right to buy undermines social housing in designated housing crisis areas.’
He categorically denied the Government had pulled back from its decision to restrict right to buy, and said it would be ‘irresponsible not to act’ in areas where there was ‘exploitation and abuses of the system.’