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Right-to-buy battle looms in Lords

Cross-party group backs amendment which could halt Tory plans to extend sales to housing association tenants

The Tories’ plan to extend the right to buy to housing association tenants will face stiff opposition in the House of Lords this week, amid growing concern that it will compromise the independence of charities and add hugely to government debt.

In a move that has support from a cross-party group of peers – as well as the former head of the civil service, Lord Kerslake, who is a crossbencher – Labour has tabled an amendment to the charities bill that would pave the way for a prolonged parliamentary battle over one of the most controversial policies outlined in the Tory manifesto.

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