‘We need 16,000 new social rent homes every year’ London Assembly tells government
- Credit: Green Party
The London Assembly today has challenged the government for cash to create desperately-needed new social housing in the capital.
Nearly 16,000 social rented homes must be built every year to deal with London’s chronic housing crisis, the GLA’s recent strategic housing market assessment has identified.
But the government has committed no further funds, City Hall was told today.
“Millions of people in London are struggling to pay their rent,” the Assembly’s Sian Berry said.
“But the Government is only helping a few lucky people buy a very expensive home with its Starter Homes programme.
You may also want to watch:
“We need them to look seriously at the huge need for low-rent homes and give us the funds and powers to provide social housing for people on lower incomes.”
The Assembly passed her resolution calling on the government to “provide sufficient funds in future spending reviews to meet the need for new social housing”. It noted that the 2015 Spending Review provided no further funds, while the 2016 Housing and Planning Act requires local planning authorities to promote and grant permission for ‘starter’ homes “at the expense of social rented homes”.
- 1 Cops break Covid-19 rules to have haircuts at Bethnal Green police station
- 2 Murder arrest after woman stabbed to death in Whitechapel this morning
- 3 Lovely Day for Aldgate School picked to sing on Billy Ocean's new single
- 4 Police e-fit expert retiring after 15 years at Bethnal Green
- 5 Fury as family homes vanish when Isle of Dogs landlord converts to bedsits
- 6 Man sentenced after teenage boy groomed on Snapchat to sell heroin
- 7 Two men arrested after police officers assaulted in Limehouse rave
- 8 Covid hero who did charity walk in Bow aged 100 now has vaccine
- 9 Covid vaccination hub opening in Westfield next week
- 10 Death of woman, 75, in Mile End fire could have been avoided
The housing crisis is felt worst in east London, where Tower Hamlets council has one of the country’s longest waiting lists with more than 20,000 families in the queue for social housing.