Boris Johnson housing figures “pure whitewash”

I released the following statement in response to the Mayor’s announcement that he has exceeded his target to build 50,000 affordable homes in London:

“This is pure whitewash from Boris Johnson. In 2008 a Labour Mayor negotiated a record £5 billion housing investment budget from a Labour Government to build 50,000 new affordable homes in London by April 2011. Boris Johnson promised to deliver this but fell 10,000 homes short, and was forced to delay this deadline by a year. While Londoners continue to feel the impact of the housing crisis, to claim he has exceeded this pledge is shameful.”

“To build these 50,000 affordable homes the mayor has raided half the funding for his new programme and passed the burden of funding onto housing associations. They will be forced to borrow excessively to meet this new target. We are deeply worried this will lead to higher rents.”

“Boris’ failure to deliver his affordable housing pledge is having a real impact on London. Waiting lists are up, homelessness is increasing again after years of decline and 200,000 families in London live in overcrowded homes.”

Over 200,000 London families live in overcrowded homes



About nickygavron

Former Deputy Mayor of London. London Assembly Member, Chair of Planning Committee, and GLA Labour Spokesperson for Planning. NPF Member.
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