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Kirklees housing crisis: 'Children will have nowhere to live'

Kirklees Council is to decide whether to buy back houses sold under the Right to Buy scheme, in a bid to halt a growing social housing "crisis".

The local authority has proposed bringing empty homes sold through the scheme back into use.

Plans to build 400 council or affordable homes over the next four years will also be discussed at a council meeting on Wednesday.

The council said, without changes, "our children will have nowhere to live".

Right to Buy gave council and social housing tenants the chance to purchase their homes at a discounted price.

Councillor Cathy Scott said the council needed to make some "bold" decisions.

"We need to start building, buying back and making a better quality of life for the people of Kirklees."

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