Government backs plan to sell high-value council houses

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Councils should consider selling off their most expensive houses to build more cheap homes, according to a government-backed think tank report.

The paper, by Policy Exchange, claims selling high value homes when they become vacant would raise £4.5bn a year - enough to build 80,000 to 170,000 social homes.

Labour said new homes were urgently needed but that "driving out hard-working families on low wages from whole neighbourhoods" was not the answer.

Mike Sergeant reports.

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