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Housing right-to-buy suspended

Aberdeenshire Council
Aberdeenshire Council was granted special permission for the move

The right to buy council homes has been suspended in parts of Aberdeenshire in a bid prevent serious shortages of affordable housing.

The Scottish Government has given special permission for the move.

The decision will affect more than 5,700 homes, which is 56% per cent of the total council tenancies in Aberdeenshire.

Aberdeenshire Council asked for the suspension because of the pressure on affordable homes in the area.

Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, said: "We support the decision to grant Pressured Area Status to areas of Aberdeenshire.

"There's no doubt that the right to buy has been popular - but this has been at the expense of local authorities that are now struggling to meet housing need and people who aren't able to get off the house waiting lists."

West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles said: "The shortage of affordable housing is by far the biggest issue that constituents contact me about.

"I am pleased that Aberdeenshire Council is continuing to be proactive in dealing with this matter."

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