How right to buy fuelled the UK housing crisis – podcast squib

Why did the government decide to sell off millions of council houses four decades ago? Lynsey Hanley and Vicky Spratt on how right to buy, high rents, and a housing shortage have left the dream of buying out of reach for millions

When Margaret Thatcher introduced the Housing Act 1980, Helen and millions of others in the UK were given the opportunity to buy their council houses.

“I can remember it being a big new thing and great opportunities for people who wouldn’t normally be able to get on to the property ladder. And this idea of owning your own home was promoted as the be all and end all really,” Helen says.

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