Housing is now undoubtedly the greatest policy challenge facing London government.
While recent evidence highlights a need for up to 62,000 new homes every year in London, in 2012/13 only 21,000 new homes were completed in the capital. This shortage of supply is fuelling inflation-busting rent rises in London’s private rented sector, with median London rents increasing by 13% in the year to October 2013. At the same time, affordable housing starts have dropped significantly, while the number of people sleeping rough in London has increased every single year since 2008.
Tom Copley AM is hosting a public meeting tonight to examine what City Hall and Whitehall can learn from continental Europe to address a housing crisis in London that now stretches across all tenures and affects all but the wealthiest of Londoner.
The meeting will be chaired by Dave Hill, the Guardian, and confirmed speakers include:
Tom Copley AM, London Assembly Labour Housing Spokesperson
Claude Moraes and Mary Honeyball, Members of the European Parliament
Anastasia de Waal, Deputy Director of Civitas
Alex Hilton, Director of Generation Rent
The meeting is 6.30-8pm at City Hall. If you would like to attend, you can register online here.