Mayor Andy Burnham’s Call: Ending Right to Buy Amidst Housing Crisis

Mayor Andy Burnham's Call Ending Right to Buy Amidst Housing Crisis
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Greater Manchester (Parliament News )- Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, urges discontinuation of Right to Buy for new homes amidst a housing crisis. He pledges to build 10,000 council homes, emphasizing the need for policy reform.

Andy Burnham has called for the Right to Buy to be discontinued for new homes as the country meets a “desperate housing crisis”.

What Housing Goals Has Andy Burnham Pledged to Achieve?

The newly re-elected Mayor of Greater Manchester has pledged to build 10,000 council homes by 2028 – the end of his third term in office. He insisted that trying to solve the housing problem while Right to Buy remains in business was “like trying to fill a bath with the plug out”.

First presented by the ex-Tory PM Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s the policy permits council tenants to buy their council home at a discount. Charities have long presented issues amid sky-high waiting lists for social homes and the negligence of successive governments to build enough social homes.

Earlier this year Shelter expressed that 21,600 social homes were either pledged or demolished in 2021-22 in England while just 7,500 new homes were built – leading to a thrashing of 14,100 homes. 

What Reforms Does Andy Burnham Advocate for Housing Policy?

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Mr Burnham expressed: “We lose social homes every year and across Greater Manchester for the last year 500 social homes were lost.

“I’m saying to Whitehall and Westminster – you need to permit us to suspend Right to Buy from the new homes that we are producing because if we don’t, trying to solve the housing crisis is like trying to fill a bath but with the plug out because you try and build new homes but you lose them at the other end.”

What Impact Would Suspend Right to Buy Have?

He contended: “We do now need to re-think Right to Buy. It’s about suspending it, not finishing it. But we can’t be in a position where the housing crisis gets worse and worse every year as we lose those houses that people can truly afford”. The Scottish Government concluded the Right to Buyback in 2016 after nearly half a million social homes were sold off over 30 years north of the border.

At the weekend Mr Burnham was re-elected for a third term as the Mayor of Greater Manchester with a staggering 420,749 votes more than his Tory opponent. In his victory speech, the Labour Mayor stated he is hoping he will be able to do even more for the area if Keir Starmer is elected as PM at the general election.

“Greater Manchester’s moment is now and I’m absolutely not going to waste it,” he stated. Mr Burnham expressed he will also take the result as an “instruction to complete the building of a public transport system that befits a city region of our stature”. “And I will do it within this new mayoral term, uniting bike, bus, tram and train in a single integrated system,” he said

Daniele Naddei

Daniele Naddei is a journalist at Parliament News covering European affairs, was born in Naples on April 8, 1991. He also serves as the Director of the CentroSud24 newspaper. During the period from 2010 to 2013, Naddei completed an internship at the esteemed local radio station Radio Club 91. Subsequently, he became the author of a weekly magazine published by the Italian Volleyball Federation of Campania (FIPAV Campania), which led to his registration in the professional order of Journalists of Campania in early 2014, listed under publicists. From 2013 to 2018, he worked as a freelance photojournalist and cameraman for external services for Rai and various local entities, including TeleCapri, CapriEvent, and TLA. Additionally, between 2014 and 2017, Naddei collaborated full-time with various newspapers in Campania, both in print and online. During this period, he also resumed his role as Editor-in-Chief at Radio Club 91.
Naddei is actively involved as a press officer for several companies and is responsible for editing cultural and social events in the city through his association with the Medea Fattoria Sociale. This experience continued until 2021. Throughout these years, he hosted or collaborated on football sports programs for various local broadcasters, including TLA, TvLuna, TeleCapri, Radio Stonata, Radio Amore, and Radio Antenna Uno.
From 2016 to 2018, Naddei was employed as an editor at newspapers of national interest within the circuit, including Internazionale24, Salute24, and OggiScuola. Since 2019, Naddei has been one of the creators of the Rabona television program "Calcio è Passione," which has been broadcast on TeleCapri Sport since 2023.