A young woman from Lithuania, 25 year old Judita Simkeviciute, has secured a three bedroom council house in an area where she has no local connection and where there is acute housing shortage for local people.
No, you haven’t accidently strayed onto the Daily Mail Online website. In all regards, other than one fact, this is the sort of story that would normally outrage the good folk who run the Daily Mail.
The missing fact is that Ms Simkeviciute bought the former council house sold through the Right to Buy.
The house in question was first bought in August 1980 for £8,315 after the original tenants qualified for a 40% discount. It has been sold on a further four times, in 2001 for £101,000, in 2004 for £145,000, in 2007 for £183,000 and now for £180,000.
I have always had a problem with the Right to Buy. Having spent public funds building (and probably refurbishing) the property that the original tenants secured because of their housing need, how is it right that it can then be sold to achieve huge profits, a real case of something for nothing.
I understand the populism of this policy for the lucky few, but with one in three former council houses now part of the buy to let market, I do not understand the economic or justice arguments for continuing this policy.