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New right-to-buy scheme

A new right-to-buy scheme is being launched today. Prime Minister David Cameron will say the "dramatic increase" in the discount available to tenants buying their council homes will "restore a vital rung on the property ladder".

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Shelter: 'Right to Buy will mean fewer affordable homes for families'

Concern has been raised that the Right to Buy scheme could lead to a shortage in affordable housing available to rent.

Campbell Robb, the chief executive of the housing charity Shelter, told The Independent that if the homes sold aren't replaced like for like, and landlords charge up to 80 per cent of market rents, the bulk of this "affordable" housing will still be far beyond the reach of many people.

"At a time when we already have a critical shortage of affordable housing in this country, this amounts to little more than asset-stripping and will ultimately mean fewer genuinely affordable homes for families struggling on low incomes," he said.

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