Flintshire County Council suspends Right to Buy scheme

Flintshire County Council has opted to suspend the Right to Buy scheme in its area due to a shortage of social housing.

Flintshire has become the third Welsh council to suspend the scheme, following similar decisions by Swansea and Carmarthenshire councils.

The Council says it has lost 822 homes since the scheme started in 1996, which has contributed to an annual shortfall of 246 affordable properties in the area.

It has said that it will work to modernise its housing service, pledging to spend £111 million to improve its 7,200 homes over the next six years.

Aaron Shotton, leader of the Council, said: “It is common knowledge that there is a shortage of affordable housing across Wales and the rest of the UK.

“Every property that the council sells through the Right to Buy scheme reduces our ability to provide affordable social housing to meet local need, so the suspension of the Right to Buy Scheme in Flintshire would be sensible, welcome and long overdue.”