Labour’s Andy Burnham is calling for a suspension of the Right to Buy housing scheme, claiming it exacerbates the housing crisis by reducing the stock of social homes. He argues that the scheme results in a net loss of social housing each year, hindering efforts to address the shortage of affordable homes.

Burnham, who was recently re-elected as Mayor of Greater Manchester, aims to build 10,000 homes across the county, with a focus on social housing. He believes that by suspending Right to Buy for new homes, local authorities can retain more social housing stock and address the housing crisis more effectively.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) defends the Right to Buy scheme, stating that it has enabled over two million social housing tenants to become homeowners. They emphasize the role of local authorities in managing the scheme and using proceeds from sales to fund new housing projects.

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Mark Slater from Greater Manchester Tenants Union supports Burnham’s plan to suspend Right to Buy, highlighting the urgent need for more homes in the region. He argues that Right to Buy has significantly reduced the stock of social housing, contributing to the housing crisis.

In addition to addressing the shortage of affordable housing, Burnham aims to improve standards in the private rented sector by introducing a Greater Manchester Good Landlord charter. This initiative would give residents the right to request property checks if they have concerns about the safety or condition of their homes.

As Mayor of Greater Manchester, Burnham holds significant powers over various areas, including public transport, housing, and policing. His proposals reflect a commitment to tackling the housing crisis and improving living conditions for residents across the region.

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