London Rental Standard

London’s burning issues: housing, housing and housing

22 February 2016

This meeting took place on 23 February 2016. Read the transcript here.

Housing is one of the key issues for London and Londoners.  With the population growing, the shortage is projected to become critical.  How have the current Mayor’s housing policies performed and what are the key housing challenges for the next Mayor?

The final formal meeting of the London Assembly Housing Committee tomorrow will examine the performance of the current Mayor in relation to some of his key housing commitments, and discuss the substantial housing challenges which will face the new Mayor from May 2016.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Whether the forward-looking 42,000 affordable homes target (London Housing Strategy 2015-18) is a realistic target for the new Mayor;

  • How the next Mayor could further incentivise the private sector to build more homes;

  • The problems with the London Rental Standard;

  • Whether the Mayor has done enough to tackle the levels of overcrowding which exist in social housing; and

  • What the next Mayor could do to reduce the number of rough sleepers in the capital.

The Committee will hear from the following guests:

  • Richard Blakeway, Deputy Mayor for Housing Land and Property
  • David Lunts, Executive Director, Housing and Land, GLA
  • Neal Hudson, Associate Director, Residential Research, Savills
  • Matt Downie, Director of Policy and External Affairs, Crisis
  • Pat Hayes, Executive Director, Regeneration and Housing, London Borough of Ealing

The meeting will take place on Tuesday 23 February from 10:00am in Committee Room 5 at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend and the meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Notes to editors

  1. Tom Copley AM, Chair of the Housing Committee, is available for interviews. See contact details below.
  2. Read the agenda and meeting papers here.
  3. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For media enquiries, please contact Ben Walker on 020 7983 5769.  For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officer.  Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.