Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden today backed plans to make home ownership more accessible across St Albans and Harpenden to those on low incomes. Conservatives want to protect the Right to Buy for residents of St Albans District?s 5,664 council houses, and to extend the Right to Buy to people living in the District?s 1,385 housing association dwellings.

    Peter Lilley explained:

    “Labour is threatening to undermine the Right to Buy programme for council properties. The Liberal Democrats also oppose needy people getting their foot on the housing ladder in this way. But the Right to Buy scheme is a popular Conservative initiative that has helped nearly two million tenants of council properties to enjoy the benefits of home-ownership.

    “I pledge that St Albans and Harpenden Conservatives will fight Labour plans to restrict the Right to Buy for council properties. In addition, we want to offer the same chance to all of the district?s housing association residents. And once those residents buy their own homes, we will ensure the proceeds of the property sales can be re-invested to build or acquire new social housing. We are consulting about exceptions needed to protect the supply of affordable rural housing in small communities.

    “Conservatives believe that home ownership boosts quality of life by enhancing a sense of pride, achievement and investment in the future, and I want to extend housing availability and home ownership across St Albans and Harpenden ? particularly to needy groups who otherwise could not afford their own home.?