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What if… the Tories hadn’t sold off council homes?

By Chris Mullin  

In Putney, a relatively prosperous part of the London borough of Wandsworth, there is a block of very ordinary 1960s council flats called Sherfield Gardens. Like many such properties most of its occupants are no longer council tenants. Encouraged by soaring house prices and the huge discounts on offer, they have taken advantage of Thatcher’s Right to Buy and become owner-occupiers.

They have no doubt profited handsomely from their investment, and who can blame them? Some perhaps have moved away to sunnier climes and placed their property in the hands of an agent who rents it out on their behalf…

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