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Tom Copley AM, Right to buy: wrong for London – sign the petition

Right to buy: wrong for London – sign the petition

New research I’ve published today reveals that 42% of homes sold off under Right to Buy in London are now being rented out by private landlords at market rates – up from 36% in 2014.

That’s at least 11,000 more council homes in the hands of private landlords than there were five years ago, a shocking transfer of wealth from the many to the few.

My report also reveals that councils in London are spending at least £22 million a year renting back their former council homes to house homeless families. These were homes they were forced to sell at a discount that they now have to pay market rates to rent back.

This is ludicrous, and the blame lies squarely with Tory government policies.

Many Labour councils across London are building new council homes again for the first time in a generation. But we risk treading water or even going backwards if we continue to lose precious existing homes through Right to Buy.

That’s why I’m asking you to take action by signing this petition demanding that Theresa May ends Right to Buy in London and across England. It’s already been abolished in Scotland and Wales.


You can read my full report “Right to Buy: Wrong for London” here.

Nearly 300,000 council homes in London have been sold off under Right to Buy since 1980. Let’s tell the government to put a stop to it.

Best wishes,

Tom Copley AM

London Assembly Member | City Hall Labour housing spokesperson

Safe and Secure Homes Summit – December 8th 2018, London

Our Secure and Safe Homes Summit will take place on 8th December from 11am at:

The National Education Union, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9BD


This year’s summit will be a day of workshops and talks, with guest speakers and housing campaign groups from across the UK. It will be a space to discuss the continuing housing crisis which a specific focus on the safety of our homes and the secure, safety needs of the homes of the future.

Prospective workshops include:

  • Housing Associations and safety
  • Effective action
  • Universal Credit, arrears and evictions
  • Rents and repairs
  • Private renters
  • Fire safety and tower blocks
  • Trade Unions and Tenants and Residents Associations

More details to follow soon. If you would like to contribute or volunteer on the day or help spread the word, please get in touch.


  • There are many evictions in Barnet
    happening now.
  • There are more rough sleepers on
    our streets than we used to see.
  • People are driven to desperation by
    the threat of homelessness.

Are these because of the council’s
housing policies? Are they related to debts caused by
the Bedroom tax? Or the roll out of the Universal
Credit? Are landlords using Section 21 to evict their tenants?

What do we know about these evictions and the housing situation in Barnet? Do we feel comfortable about it? How much do we care? Do we want to get organised as a community to do something to support each other and those among us who find themselves in dire housing situation?

Barnet Alliance for Public Services is hosting:
When: 16 October 6.30 pm
Where: The Greek Cypriot Centre, 2 Britannia Rd Finchley N12 9RU
Speakers include:
1. Jasmin Parsons – Our West Hendon, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate
2. Glynn Robins – Defend Council Housing
3. Katya Nasim – London Renters Union
4. Pilgrim Tucker – Radical Housing Network
5. Joe Delaney – Grenfell community campaign

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