Support for end of right to buy

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MOVES to end council house tenants’ right to buy their properties have been backed by Angus Council.

Right-to-buy legislation was introduced in 1980 but has been amended over the years in several acts of Parliament, up to and including the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010.

A consultation on the future of right to buy was issued by the Scottish Government in June, seeking views on proposals for further reform and councillors approved a report at last week’s neighbourhood services committee meeting supporting its abolition.

In his report, director Ron Ashton agreed with further restrictions of right to buy.

Although he acknowledged that the legislation had extended the benefits of home ownership to many families, it has also removed properties from the social and rented sectors.