Metcalfe backs “Right to Buy” scheme

STEPHEN Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, is championing the Government’s Right to Buy scheme after hearing more about the home ownership scheme last week.

Since the 1980s the Right to Buy has helped millions of people living in council housing achieve their aspiration becoming homeowners. It gave something back to families who worked hard, paid their rent and played by the rules. It allowed them to do up their home, change their front door, improve their garden without getting permission from the council.

Conservatives in Government want to build an aspiration nation by backing people who want to get on in life. This is why they have dramatically increased the discount rates available to council tenants who want to own the roof over their head. Tenants will now benefit from a discount of up to £75,000 with any additional homes brought under the scheme leading directly to the provision of new affordable homes for rent.

This has a real impact for people living in South Basildon and East Thurrock with the rise in the discount cap meaning that more council tenants may be able to apply to buy their own home.

The local MP commented: “I would encourage all constituents who may qualify to take advantages of these new discounts. If owning your council house is something that you have dreamed of, then the reinvigorated Right to Buy could help you.”

“If you have any questions, do not hesitate in getting in touch with your local Council who have a legal responsibility to inform tenants about the increased discounts. Alternatively, visit for further information and to see if your are eligible.”

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