After the Second World War, the British government aimed to reduce squalor through an ambitious house building scheme that would result in affordable rented housing provided by local councils. In 1980, the Conservative government gave council tenants the right to buy their own homes at discounted rates. This has resulted in financial benefits for some but has made it more difficult for others to buy a house.

First broadcast:
4 November 2008

This clip could be used as an introduction into The Right to Buy Scheme of the 1980s and its consequences for today's housing issues. Following the clip, students could be asked to consider the pros and cons of The Right to Buy scheme. Students could examine how the statistics mentioned have changed since the clip was made. Further discussion could be had on the role of housing associations as providers of rented accommodation. Students may want to consider how the current economic climate relates to buying and renting housing.