Whitehall bosses have poured over half a million pounds into pushing the Tory revival of right-to-buy, official figures revealed today.
The Communities and Local Government department said it had lavished around two-thirds of its annual advertising budget on the scheme, following a written question from Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes.
The department confirmed £198,000 spent on direct marketing and another £460,332 on print advertising.
Housing Minster Mark Prisk said the spending was necessary "to ensure that eligible social housing tenants are aware of the increased discount now available if they wish to buy their home."
The scheme offers tenants up to £50,000 off the purchase price.
But the construction union Ucatt accused the government of depleting Britain's council housing stock during a national housing crisis.
More than 1.8 million households in England are on council waiting lists and the social housing building budget is to be cut by 60 per cent over the next three years.
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