December 5 2013 Latest news:
Robin de Peyer
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
A grand total of ONE new “affordable home” was built in Tower Hamlets in the first quarter of this financial year, it can be revealed.
The council had aimed to “deliver” a total of 212 new socially rented or “affordably” priced homes between April and June this year – but it delivered only 0.47 per cent of that target.
Figures revealed in Tower Hamlets’ ‘quarterly strategic review’ also show that no social housing properties were built in the three month period – despite the council’s target of 56 new homes.
The borough’s council housing waiting list currently stands at an eye-watering 24,000.
Labour’s opposition spokesman for housing, Cllr Abdal Ullah, blamed Independent mayor Lutfur Rahman for not maintaining house building programmes since he was elected in 2010.
“The mayor is always keen to shout about his record breaking housing achievements - surely this is a record that not even he can be proud of,” he said.
“We are starting to see what happens as the projects which Labour put in place before the election come to an end.”
The revelation comes just weeks after it emerged that a £23million scheme to bring 149 new council homes to Bromley-by-Bow has been scrapped amid fears over affordability.
But a spokesman for Mr Rahman’s office accused Labour of “cherry picking” statistics, adding: “We only count homes as delivered when an entire development is finished.
“Whilst only one unit may have reached completion in quarter one, 266 are due in quarter two, 445 in quarter three and a further 114 in quarter four. By the end of quarter four, a total of 826 homes will be delivered.”