Almost 400 council homes could be sold in Northampton, charity’s research shows

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Almost 400 council houses in Northampton could be sold on the private market under Government plans to sell affordable homes, according to research by Shelter.

The Government has pledged to extend the Right to Buy scheme by selling off council homes worth more than a set threshold for the region once they become vacant.

According to the charity’s estimates, Northampton would be the worst hit area in the East Midlands with 398 homes being sold, equivalent to more than three per cent of the area’s total council housing stock.

Campbell Robb, Shelter’s chief executive, said: “At a time when millions of families are struggling to find somewhere affordable to live, plans to sell off large swathes of the few genuinely affordable homes we have left is only going to make things worse.

“More and more families with barely a hope of ever affording a home of their own and who no longer have the option of social housing, will be forced into unstable and expensive private renting.

“The government needs to scrap this proposal and start helping the millions of ordinary families struggling with sky high housing costs. If George Osborne is serious about turning around the housing crisis, the autumn spending review is his last chance to invest in the genuinely affordable homes this country desperately needs.”