Tag Archives: London

Housing budget in a pickle

The coalition government has slashed London’s housing budget by 60 per cent, although you wouldn’t know it from the press release. Under the cover of giving new powers to City Hall, a budget of £3 billion has been spun to … Continue reading

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Guide to Major Welfare Reforms Being Introduced and Planned for Introduction

London is characterised by mixed and diverse communities. For me – and I suspect millions of other Londoners, it is what makes London a great city. These mixed and balanced communities are also a major contributor to London’s economic and … Continue reading

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Countdown for Housing

In London, no one can be unaware that we are in the midst of a housing crisis. So the Co-operative Housing (Tenure) Bill is timely and welcome. With supply at an all time low, spiralling private sector rents and home … Continue reading

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Earls Court’s Future in the Balance

Astonishingly, the Mayor just decided that the iconic Earls Court exhibition centre is no longer needed and should be demolished. This issue has attracted few column inches and little publicity. But, as a result of the Mayor’s response to the … Continue reading

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Cuts to Barnet and Camden police revealed

Barnet and Camden has lost 103 police officers in the last year, new figures from the Metropolitan Police Authority reveal. London Assembly member Nicky Gavron AM says Mayor Boris Johnson must take responsibility New figures published by the Metropolitan Police … Continue reading

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Putting the Record Straight: Time for the Mayor to Come Clean on Housing Figures

During last week’s Mayor’s Question Time (14 September) Boris Johnson double counted thousands of homes that will be delivered between 2008 and 2015. He claimed: “We are not only on course to achieve 50,000 new affordable homes during this mayoralty, … Continue reading

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Response from Richard Blakeway

Date: 7 September Dear Nicky Thank you for your letter. 54,000 completions refers to the four-year investment round, 2011/15. The GLA has been clear we are referring to this investment round, and this includes existing commitments as well. You will … Continue reading

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Mayor Caught Double Counting the Housing Numbers

Boris Johnson is notoriously light on detail. Whether it’s police numbers, crime stats or now, it seems, affordable housing, facts rarely get in the way of a good story. The national statistics watchdog even took the unusual step of publicly … Continue reading

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Letter to Richard Blakeway, Mayoral Housing Adviser, Regarding Use of Statistics

2 September 2011 Dear Richard I am writing concerning your article on the Guardian professional website, published on 1 September 2011. You claim that, “the mayor is on course to deliver 50,000 affordable homes by April 2012.” You go on … Continue reading

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