"What the full interview should show is that I pointed out I am a supporter of the sale of council houses but that when the allocation of council houses to replace those who moved out was restricted to a ‘needs’ based criteria the estates suffered. Only the neediest, ie: broken dysfunctional families, came on to the estates and this has ghettoised such families as the good working families left.
"The sale of council housing was never enough on its own - that is why we need to complete the social reform agenda so that we can change all this. Our housing paper points out that future sales should be set in such a context of breaking down these monolithic estates and using social housing as a support to lift people out of dependency and into work."
The CSJ's full report on Housing Poverty can be downloaded here.
The sale of council houses during the 1980s has generally been hailed as a flagship policy of the Thatcher Government which sought to help create a property-owning democracy.
Yet the consequences of that policy appear to be being questioned by Iain Duncan Smith.
In a yet-to-be-published interview with the Left-wing Fabian Review, the former Conservative leader and founder of the Centre for Social Justice seems to suggest that as a stand-alone policy, the sale of council houses meant that many of the country's most vulnerable families got "left behind", since further social reforms were not forthcoming.