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NO RIGHT TO BUY FOR RURAL HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS

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The government has indicated that its 'right to buy' policy will not be extended to some rural housing association ...
The government has indicated that its 'right to buy' policy will not be extended to some rural housing association tenants.

The Financial Times (p10) reports that environment secretary John Gummer has indicated that up to 40,000 occupants of housing association properties would be excluded from buying their homes.

Last year the government had proposed that rural tenants should be allowed to buy their homes, but the plans were greeted with outrage by countryside organisations who feared it would mean even less low cost rented housing.

At the Conservative party conference yesterday, Mr Gummer indicated that the rural white paper would spell out new powers for parish councils.

'Labour is only interested in municipal subsidiarity,' he said. 'It's not about giving more influence to people but only about more power to the town hall,' reports the paper.
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