The Centre for Social Justice’s new study says housing policy should be used as a lever to move people from welfare to work and enable them to become more mobile.
The centre, which is led by former Conservative leader Iain Duncan-Smith, recommends that all sitting tenants who pay their own rent should be given discounts on the purchase price of their property to help them buy a share or a whole.
This approach represents an extension of the ‘right to buy’ which currently applies to just council tenants and is limited to outright purchases.
The report also says there should be an analysis of proposals that tenants who get off benefits should be rewarded with increasingly large stakes in their home.
And it calls for the scrapping of the tenancy for life, recommending that councils and registered social landlords should be able to offer flexible tenure arrangements.
“Currently housing policy can act as a huge disincentive to going back to work and is blocking mobile,” said Mr Duncan-Smith.