Greens plan U-turn on right to buy

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A PROPOSAL to reverse council house tenants’ right to buy their homes has been put on the table by the Edinburgh Greens amid claims it has “left a legacy of rising ­homelessness”.

The flagship policy of the Thatcher government saw 25,935 Edinburgh council properties taken out of the city’s housing stock.

Councillor Steve Burgess, the Scottish Green Party’s housing spokesman, now wants to sound the death knell on the Iron Lady’s controversial scheme – at least in Edinburgh.

He said the Thatcher policy created “unending house waiting lists” and had led to thousands of former council properties becoming “high cost, poorly-managed private lets”.

Cllr Burgess added: “That’s why I want to see the council look seriously at buying back former council houses if the price and quality is right.

“It will be especially useful where common repairs are stalled and where there is an urgent need to reverse the cycle of decline from appalling quality private renting.”