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Tower Hamlets gets £13million to build council homes

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 October 2018

Tower Hamlets mayor, John Biggs, whos committed to building 1,000 homes through the councils housing programme. Picture: Kois Miah

Tower Hamlets mayor, John Biggs, whos committed to building 1,000 homes through the councils housing programme. Picture: Kois Miah

Kois Miah

Tower Hamlets has been given £13 million to build more council homes.

As part of his Building Council Homes for Londoners scheme, London mayor Sadiq Khan announced on Tuesday he’d be distributing £1bn across 26 boroughs to build more homes.

The £13m going to Tower Hamlets will allow the council to build 675 homes.

Sadiq Khan said: “London’s housing crisis is hugely complex and has been decades in the making. There is no simple fix, but council housing is the most important part of the solution.

“Londoners need more council homes that they can genuinely afford, and local authorities have a fundamental role to play.”

The news has been welcomed by London Assembly member for City and East, Unmesh Desai, who accused previous governments of “sitting on their hands” when it comes to housebuilding.

He said: “With too many local families priced out of the housing market and stuck in temporary accommodation, it has always been of the utmost priority that we get to grips with the housing crisis as a matter of urgency.

“The government have sat on their hands when it comes to council homebuilding, which fell flat during the 1990s.

“We now have an opportunity with this funding to kickstart an ambitious new building programme and provide the next generation of homes for social rent that our community desperately needs.”

Tower Hamlets has more than 19,000 households on the housing waiting list, and has pledged to build 5,500 new affordable homes between 2014 and 2018. A thousand of these are being built through the council’s own housing programme.

Mayor John Biggs said the council are also committed to building 2,000 council homes to tackle the borough’s affordable housing issue and growing poopulation.

He said: “Tower Hamlets has seen the largest increase in population in the country since 2001. Our current population of approximately 317,200 is expected to increase to almost 365,000 by 2026.

“I welcome City Hall’s Building Council Homes for Londoners programme and am pleased that our bid has been successful. The funding will help boost our plans to deliver much needed local housing.”

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