Is the Mayor set to miss his housing target?

16 March 2015

This meeting took place on 17 March 2015. Read the transcript here.

Will the Mayor of London miss his own target for building affordable homes?

His 2012 manifesto promised “around 55,000 affordable homes by 2015 for low and middle income workers.” In 2014/15, the GLA had forecasts 17,900 completions but by December 2014, only 5,200 had actually been completed.[1]

The London Assembly Housing Committee will tomorrow examine the Mayor’s delivery figures on housing in London.

The meeting will also look at welfare changes – how are these impacting on housing for Londoners on low to middle incomes? Are Londoners being uprooted from their homes, schools and communities? And is the Mayor is doing enough on rough sleeping?

The Committee will hear from those responsible for delivering the Mayor’s housing priorities, along with expert guests:

Richard Blakeway, Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property

Jamie Ratcliff, Assistant Director, Programme, Policy and Services, Greater London Authority

Kate Webb, Head of Policy, Shelter

Matt Downie, Director of Policy and External Affairs, Crisis

Sue Ramsden, Policy Lead (Welfare Reform), National Housing Federation.

The meeting will take place tomorrow, Tuesday 17 March from 10:00am in Committee Room 5, City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

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

 

Notes for Editors:

See here: http://www.london.gov.uk/moderngov/documents/s42565/Quarterly%20Affordable%20Housing%20Update.pdf

The agenda and committee papers are available here.

Darren Johnson AM, Chair of the Housing Committee is available for interview. See contact details below.

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 Ash Singleton 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.