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The Scottish Government will remove the rights of council housing tenants to buy their new-build homes, according to Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Several local housing authorities have already been allowed to suspend the "right to buy," as the practice is known.

In a ministerial statement to the Scottish Parliament today, Nicola Sturgeon also announced a new building programme for council housing to stem Scotland's growing housing shortage.

The government wants to see construction of new housing increase by nearly 50 per cent.

The strategy calls for a 30 year trend of "running down the role of local authorities" to end immediately.

Sturgeon announced a wide range of measures aimed at improving the housing situation, including a series of government grants given to help first time buyers in the housing market.

She also put the burden of responsibility on housing associations to improve their level of service and meet their targets.

The right to buy new council housing will be removed.

Details of Sturgeon's speech were leaked to the BBC in advance of the statement, leading to calls from Scotland's top civil servant to carry out a leak inquiry.

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