Brett Sadler

Homes for Britain and the Right to Buy extension – a success story?

HomesforBritainlogoI’m sure you couldn’t help but have seen the Conservative announcement to extend the Right to Buy to Housing Association tenants. It was quite literally front page news overnight.

I can’t remember anything Housing related being covered quite so widely and quickly. The number of tweets, blog posts, commentary and overall news coverage was quite staggering and looks set to continue.

I would argue that what the announcement did successfully achieve was:

  • Unanimously uniting the Housing world (and beyond) in it condemnation;
  • Provided a quick, definitive test to the #homesforbritain campaign – could #ukhousing stand up to this announcement?

So how did we do? I would argue we came out fighting. I blogged recently that the real litmus test for the #homesforbritain campaign would be seen over quite a lengthy period; would the political parties actually take notice of housing and therefore it rise up the national priority list? Based on Housing being covered in the main political parties debates on television, I would say yes.

I’ve read some worrying comments though that the Right to Buy announcement by the Conversation party goes against the #homesforbritain compaign and therefore brings its success into question. Really? From where I’m sitting, its done exactly the opposite of that. It’s made it crystal clear to the british public that as a sector, we do not agree with this. This has come on the back of the #homesforbritain campaign. I for one think that without #homesforbritain, we would like have had a more tepid, less united response to the announcement.

I was truly amazed by how strong the reaction has been been. It’s made me proud to be working in the world of Housing. After being proud of the #homesforbritain campaign, that makes it twice in as many months. Let’s keep the momentum going.

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One thought on “Homes for Britain and the Right to Buy extension – a success story?

  1. Robin Ridgley on said:

    Brett, I could not agree more with what you have said in your blog. What other campaign has galvanised the social housing community more than #homesforbritain.

    I think the Conservatives are through the extension of Right to Buy, dropping a massive clanger and whilst it might play to their core base, they have failed to take into account the one thing that is obvious about this policy, it just won’t work and will only add to the crisis.

    The leaders debate last night focussed heavily on the subject, and social media was alive with support for the sector, which must have given David Cameron a headache as he was sat with Nick Clegg on the sofa!

    An article I read today said that Landlords are only able to replace one in every five homes sold which just demonstrates that the system is unworkable.

    As you say the momentum is with the sector, the public have overwhelmingly rejected the policy so let’s see if that has an impact at the polls.

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