News from Siân Berry: Mayor needs to go further for a ‘living rent’ that helps all Londoners

19 September 2016

London Assembly Member Sian Berry has reacted to the Mayor of London releasing details today of his ‘Living Rent’ manifesto pledge.

According to the details released today all London Living Rent homes will have rents based on a third of average household incomes in each borough.

Sian said:

“It’s good that the Mayor has released details of his Living Rent pledge, but we will eventually need something more sophisticated than this to solve London’s housing crisis.

“There are lots of people who fall below average wages. An arbitrary definition based on a third of the local average income will leave many women and families with children still struggling. Any working people on lower than average incomes, very few of whom stand any chance of getting into social housing, also risk being left behind by this policy.

“London is becoming a place where it’s impossible for working people to live. I will keep pushing the Mayor to go further until we have a full thought out action plan to solve London’s unaffordability crisis.”

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Sian is available for interview

Sian Berry was elected as a Green member of the London Assembly in May 2016. She has been a councillor for Highgate ward in Camden since 2014. 

Sian asked the Mayor, Sadiq Khan about the definition of a London Living Rent in May 2016. He agreed to look into a living rent for women and students: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ugPi-Qsk8I

https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/assembly/sian-berry/mayor-to-look-at-living-rent-for-women-students

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