Anglesey Housing chiefs have welcomed Ministerial backing for their decision to suspend the county’s ‘Right to Buy’ scheme.
The Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant, approved the plans this week.
The County Council currently owns and manages more than 3,800 Council houses across the Island. In March, its Executive backed suspending the ‘Right to Buy’ scheme for five years to help meet the growing demand for affordable rented properties, and for a business case to be presented to the Welsh Government for their consideration.
Anglesey head of Housing, Shan Williams welcomed the Minister’s decision, adding,
“Confirmation of our successful application will now allow us to continue working towards increasing the number of affordable rented properties on the Island. The suspension of the ‘Right to Buy’ scheme will help us meet the growing demand for affordable rented housing and bolster our housing stock on Anglesey.”
A consultation held with Council tenants earlier this year brought 540 responses with 72% seeing suspending ‘Right to Buy’ as a positive step in increasing the number of affordable rented housing on Anglesey.
Housing Business Manager, Ned Michael, added,
“There is a shortage of affordable housing on the Island. Every property previously sold by the County Council through the ‘Right to Buy’ scheme reduced our ability to provide affordable social housing to meet local need. The Welsh Government’s support will help us reverse this trend.”
“I would also like to thank the young people of Bodedern school who took part in a discussion around their future housing need and aspirations on the Island and also other organisations who participated in the consultation. Their views were fed into the case we submitted to Welsh Government.”