By Daniel Hunter

The Welsh government is planning to scrap its Right to Buy and Right to Acquire scheme, according to a white paper published today (Thursday).

The report set out the Welsh government's intention to end the scheme which allows eligible social housing tenants to buy their council house for a discount of up to £16,000.

The scheme was introduced in the 1981 and 140,000 people have used it to buy their house, the Welsh government said.

It said the move was necessary to maintain Wales' social housing stock.

Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Lesley Griffiths, said: "Our supply of homes is under considerable pressure and we are still seeing social rented properties being taken out of our social housing stock because of the Right to Buy, which is forcing many vulnerable people to wait longer for a home. This is why decisive action is needed to protect our social housing to make sure it is available for those who need it most."

Three years ago, local authorities were granted permission to suspend the schemes. Carmarthenshire Council was the first to have its application for suspension approved.

Councillor Kevin Madge, Leader of Carmarthenshire Counti Council, said: "We very much welcome this decision by the minister, which will help alleviate the demand on our housing register and support our vision to make more good quality homes available for local people...We also welcome other measures that Welsh Government is seeking to introduce to further protect much needed affordable housing across Wales, and we are very proud that here in Carmarthenshire we are leading the way."

The Welsh government's public consultation ends in April.

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