Conservative plan council house sell-off despite 26915 families on waiting list Cornwall.
Hundreds of properties in North Cornwall could be sold off under government plans to reduce the number of council homes.
Liberal Democrats have criticised the move as “irresponsible” and said it would ramp up demand for housing and increase rents.
It comes despite figures from homeless charity Shelter which show there are 26915 families on the housing waiting list in Cornwall.
The Housing and Planning Bill - debated in the House of Commons last Monday - includes plans to force councils to sell low rent homes in high value areas, as the Conservative Party rolls out its Right to Buy scheme.
North Cornwall Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson Dan Rogerson said: “ Not only are the Conservatives selling off social housing, they are also strengthening developers' hands and ensuring that they can build houses for sale with no affordable rented homes on their sites.
This means more homes sold to private investors and second home owners with even fewer for locals. Despite claiming to care about affordable housing for local families, Conservative MPs are pulling up the ladder behind them, leaving families on the waiting list and in short term private lets.
Added to their disgraceful betrayal over tax credits it's clear where their priorities lie.
“The Liberal Democrats are committed to defending social housing. As a party we are making the case that the government should not be forcing the hand of local councils to sell off much needed housing which will hurt North Cornwall.”