Tenants need more help to buy homes in Southend and Rochford

Echo: James Duddridge James Duddridge

A TORY MP is urging the Government to reignite what he calls “the 1984 spirit” by making it easier for council tenants to buy their homes.

The Government wants to encourage more tenants to get on the property ladder by letting them buy council homes at a huge discount after living in them for three years.

However, Rochford and Southend East MP James Duddridge says the qualifying period should be cut to just two years.

More than 4,000 tenants in Rochford and Southend have taken advantage of Margaret Thatcher’s right-to-buy legislation since it was brought in, in 1980.

However, as discounts were reduced and the amount of time tenants had to live in their homes increased, sales dwindled - so much so that just two homes were sold in Southend in 2008/9.

Since then the Coalition Government increased discounts and help for buyers, and the totals have increase, so that 22 homes have been sold in the past year, However, Mr Duddridge wants to see more tenants getting in the act in the way they did in the eighties.

Borrowing the catchphrase of fictional TV cop Gene Hunt in the nostalgic show, Ashes to Ashes, he said: “Firing up the Quattro with the 1984 spirit and bringing back right-to-buy would go down incredibly well in Rochford and Southend.

“It would also go down incredibly well in a number of working-class constituencies where there are council houses and people want to get on the ladder. They would really appreciate it.”

The Government has already increased the maximum discount offered to tenants from 60 per cent to 70 per cent of the market price and has said it wants tenants to buy their homes after they’ve live there for three years.

Mr Duddridge said: “Most people who live in Southend, if they move from rented property in one part of Shoebury to another, have less stake in what goes on in that street – what Mrs Miggins is doing next door or in the cut through.

“By buying a house, someone is establishing a family in that area, potentially for a longer period. They have bought into what goes on in that street.

“That has enormous ramifications for individuals who have purchased under the right to buy.

“I would encourage people in Rochford and Southend, where they can, to buy their own homes and take a stake. That is right for them and the communities they live in.”

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12:15pm Thu 20 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

NO no no, this is why there's such a shortage of councils properties, sold of by that last blue witch, Maggie...
NO no no, this is why there's such a shortage of councils properties, sold of by that last blue witch, Maggie... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
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12:21pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Matthew S. Dent says...

"...the 1984 spirit..."

Yeah, I don't think that means what you think it does James...
"...the 1984 spirit..." Yeah, I don't think that means what you think it does James... Matthew S. Dent
  • Score: 7

12:32pm Thu 20 Mar 14

GrumpyofLeigh says...

So you spend three years living at a subsidised rent and then get a further subsidy to buy the property - that sounds a bit of a one-way bet when everyone else is struggling to leave Mum & Dad. How do I apply for this beanfeast?
So you spend three years living at a subsidised rent and then get a further subsidy to buy the property - that sounds a bit of a one-way bet when everyone else is struggling to leave Mum & Dad. How do I apply for this beanfeast? GrumpyofLeigh
  • Score: 17

1:44pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Mattster says...

The 1984 spirit that left us with a chronic shortage of social housing and benefits slum landlords you mean?
The 1984 spirit that left us with a chronic shortage of social housing and benefits slum landlords you mean? Mattster
  • Score: 18

2:06pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

I agree - selling social housing is a crime.
I agree - selling social housing is a crime. Jack222
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3:09pm Thu 20 Mar 14

emcee says...

One of the most absurd things Mr Duddrige has said. I am far from a Labour or Lib Dem supporter but Mr Duddrige's comment here makes him sound nearly as loopy as Mr Amess.

There is a massive shortage of social housing so, "lets sell the rest off cheap. Lets create more haves to the detriment of the have-nots."
What an absolutely bl**dy ridiculous stance to take.
One of the most absurd things Mr Duddrige has said. I am far from a Labour or Lib Dem supporter but Mr Duddrige's comment here makes him sound nearly as loopy as Mr Amess. There is a massive shortage of social housing so, "lets sell the rest off cheap. Lets create more haves to the detriment of the have-nots." What an absolutely bl**dy ridiculous stance to take. emcee
  • Score: 14

3:23pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Nebs says...

Exactly the same thing will happen as years ago, people will get allocated a council property, live in it for the required amount of time, buy it cheap, live in it for the required amount of time, sell it, move into a rental, spend the profits, when they are skint and can't afford the rent jolly old Joe Taxpayer will pay for it.

If you are going to sell anything, sell the Houses of Parliament to a foreigner with more money than sense, and run the country from a disused warehouse on Canvey Island.
Exactly the same thing will happen as years ago, people will get allocated a council property, live in it for the required amount of time, buy it cheap, live in it for the required amount of time, sell it, move into a rental, spend the profits, when they are skint and can't afford the rent jolly old Joe Taxpayer will pay for it. If you are going to sell anything, sell the Houses of Parliament to a foreigner with more money than sense, and run the country from a disused warehouse on Canvey Island. Nebs
  • Score: 8

4:13pm Thu 20 Mar 14

runwellian says...

Surely the shortage of council housing is due to the fact that so many were sold off?
Surely the shortage of council housing is due to the fact that so many were sold off? runwellian
  • Score: 12

6:04pm Thu 20 Mar 14

keepitreal says...

Dudderidge why don't you let them have your Westminsterflat that us tax papayers provide you with. You are on planet zod again I see
Dudderidge why don't you let them have your Westminsterflat that us tax papayers provide you with. You are on planet zod again I see keepitreal
  • Score: 8

11:29pm Thu 20 Mar 14

jayman says...

Duddridge... It amazes me why people of sound mind still vote for this particular brand of donkey. Here is a man who voted to repeal the human rights act without any tabled or planned backfilling legislation. He said on twitter that he voted against it with a "spring in his step"

If this t0$$er says anything about selling council homes. take it with a clandestine side order of Tory, ideological greed and socially abhorrent elitism.
Duddridge... It amazes me why people of sound mind still vote for this particular brand of donkey. Here is a man who voted to repeal the human rights act without any tabled or planned backfilling legislation. He said on twitter that he voted against it with a "spring in his step" If this t0$$er says anything about selling council homes. take it with a clandestine side order of Tory, ideological greed and socially abhorrent elitism. jayman
  • Score: 4

11:32pm Thu 20 Mar 14

jayman says...

Matthew S. Dent wrote:
"...the 1984 spirit..."

Yeah, I don't think that means what you think it does James...
indeed.

"He tried to squeeze out some childhood memory that should tell him whether London had always been quite like this. Were there always these vistas of rotting nineteenth-century houses, their sides shored up with baulks of timber, their windows patched with cardboard and their roofs with corrugated iron, their crazy garden walls sagging in all directions? And the bombed sites where the plaster dust swirled in the air and the willow-herb straggled over the heaps of rubble; and the places where the bombs had cleared a larger patch and there had sprung up sordid colonies of wooden dwellings like chicken-houses?"

Nineteen Eighty-four, by George Orwell
[quote][p][bold]Matthew S. Dent[/bold] wrote: "...the 1984 spirit..." Yeah, I don't think that means what you think it does James...[/p][/quote]indeed. "He tried to squeeze out some childhood memory that should tell him whether London had always been quite like this. Were there always these vistas of rotting nineteenth-century houses, their sides shored up with baulks of timber, their windows patched with cardboard and their roofs with corrugated iron, their crazy garden walls sagging in all directions? And the bombed sites where the plaster dust swirled in the air and the willow-herb straggled over the heaps of rubble; and the places where the bombs had cleared a larger patch and there had sprung up sordid colonies of wooden dwellings like chicken-houses?" Nineteen Eighty-four, by George Orwell jayman
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