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Sir, Since the “right to buy” was given to Scottish council and social housing tenants in the early 1980s, almost half-a-million Scots families have opted to buy their council home, with the associated benefits of increased financial security and flexibility. Most importantly, it allows property ownership for families to be passed on to future generations.

Controversially, the Scottish parliament in June approved the government’s plans to scrap the right to buy scheme for Scotland in 2016. This will have the effect of sentencing present council and housing association tenants and their children to a life where they will never own the property, despite paying for it many times over in rent to their government landlord. Why is the Scottish National party discriminating against those tenants and their children who wish to join the 500,000 families who already own their own home?

Is this another example of the SNP’s idea of a freer and fairer society, or as I believe, an attack on the entire concept of heritable assets, in which property owned by the individual is replaced by SNP state ownership?

The SNP government in Holyrood has already warned us of its proposals in the forthcoming land review bill for drastic restrictions in private land ownership in the Scottish countryside.

Dangerous territory indeed! A Yes vote in the independence referendum next month will only make matters worse. Why risk it?

I will be voting No on September 18.

Mr Charles Buchan Ritchie, Chairman, Score Group of Companies, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, UK

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