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There has been widespread criticism of a Conservative Party manifesto pledge to extend the ‘right to buy’ to housing association tenants. This would worsen the housing crisis and be costly to the public.
Because of the bedroom tax, many much-needed affordable homes may be demolished, despite the housing shortage. The Observer reports that several housing associations, unable to let three-bedroom homes because of this controversial UK government measure, are planning to knock some of these down or considering doing so.