Housing regeneration

Statement on the ‘Building Council Homes for Londoners' programme

16 May 2018

In response to the Mayor of London’s announcement today on council homes, Sian Berry AM, Chair of the London Assembly Housing Committee, said:

“The Mayor’s announcement today, which aims to kick-start the building of more council homes, is a step in the right direction to help solve London’s housing crisis. We are pleased that the Mayor is focusing these resources on building more truly affordable homes, based on social rent levels and not at the definition that goes up to 80 per cent of market rents.”

“Only nine per cent of the Mayor’s last tranche of grant funding went to councils, with the rest going to housing associations, and it’s positive he is doing more this year to help councils secure these grants. If the Mayor is to build the number of homes at real social rents that London needs, his plans will have to be even more ambitious.”

“As a committee, we are also keen to make sure that these grants go only to additional new council homes for Londoners, not replacements for homes being demolished as part of development schemes.”

Notes to editors

  1. Sian Berry AM, Chair of the Housing Committee, is available for interviews. Please see contact details below. 
  2. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.
  3. Funding announcement in 2017 showing where grants were awarded – only 6 per cent of homes and 8 per cent of funding awarded went to councils: https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/mayoral/record-17bn-deal-for-new-homes 

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