Statement from the London Assembly on the Mayor’s Housing Strategy
In response to the publication of the Mayor’s revised Housing Strategy, Sian Berry AM, Chair of the London Assembly Housing Committee, said:
"It’s good to see the Mayor has adopted some of the Housing Committee’s recommendations, such as a specific target for community-led housing schemes and greater standardisation of precision-manufactured homes.
“However, key asks have not been included in this revised document. There is no new policy or target for building more family-sized homes, which we have called for time and time again. We also need robust data at borough level on overcrowding in London. We asked the Mayor to collect this, but there is no sign in this document that he will.
“Londoners continue to be priced out of this city. We have deep concerns about the genuine affordability of many of the housing programmes the Mayor is supporting. The Strategy has continued to include the Government’s definition of ‘affordable’, at up to 80 per cent of market rent, so we will continue to closely monitor how many council homes and homes at social levels of rent appear on the ground.
“We also asked that the Mayor’s housing grants only go to genuine new homes and not simply replace demolished ones. London needs new homes and this cannot be fudged in any way.
“The London Assembly as a whole looks forward to its Question and Answer session with the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, James Murray on Monday 4 June, when we will examine the Strategy in greater detail.”
Notes to editors
- Sian Berry AM, Chair of the Housing Committee, is available for interviews. Please see contact details below.
- London Assembly Housing Committee
- Revised Housing Strategy
- As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.
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