Thursday, 30 May 2013

Stephen Metcalfe MP challenges Basildon and Thurrock Council to back aspiring homeowners

Stephen Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, has challenged Basildon and Thurrock Council to make sure it is doing everything it can to promote the dramatically increased discounts on offer through the Right to Buy scheme. His challenge comes in the same week that new figures were published showing the number of council tenants buying their homes through the Right to Buy has more than doubled

Launched in April last year, the new Right to Buy offers council tenants discounts of up to £75,000 to help them buy their home. Local councils have a legal duty to inform tenants about the increased discounts, but there has previously been concern that some councils have not done everything they can to make tenants aware of the new opportunities.

The official figures published this week suggest that progress has been made, but Mr Metcalfe has now challenged Basildon and Thurrock Council to do even more to help hardworking people realise their dream of home ownership.

Commenting, the local MP said: “It’s great news that the number of people buying their own council home has doubled. After years of Labour running down the Right to Buy, Conservatives have radically increased the discounts. More and more people are now taking advantage of this opportunity – real proof that Conservative policies are helping those people who work hard and want to get on in life.”

The Conservative led Basildon Council have enabled 127 people to buy their homes between 2012 and 2013. This is an increase of 71 since 2010-11. Labour led Thurrock Council are lagging far behind with 46 properties in 2012-13, an increase of only 36 since 2010-11.

Mr Metcalfe added: “Basildon Council should now do everything it can to make sure all its tenants are aware of what this Government is doing to help hardworking people realise their aspiration of home ownership.”

“Thurrock Council should stop dragging its feet and start singing from the roof tops about the new opportunities this Government has made available and tell tenants about these dramatic new discounts.”