Housing (Supplementary) [10]

Session date: 
May 22, 2002
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I appreciate the need to read the press release into the record and we should, indeed, be grateful that this subject, which the Liberal Democrats regard as crucially important for London, is the subject of your media spin for today.

What I want to do is to get beyond that long list of aspirations for the future to draw your attention to the fact you haven't actually answered the question, which was, "How many extra affordable housing units have been built as a direct result of the steps you have taken?" The answer is what mathematicians would call `tending to zero" and politicians would call `pitifully small". So could we move on then. I want to probe you in three particulars areas. The effectiveness of your own powers in relation to the 50% guideline, the role you are taking in terms of leading others in London to address this crisis and the national ramifications of this.

On your 50% guidelines, do you accept that the 50% planning guideline is wholly inadequate in terms of reaching your own goals? Your own Housing Commission said we need 43,000 units of which 28,000 would be affordable. Currently the net addition of affordable units per year is just 4,000 against the 28,000. Do you acknowledge that the Three Dragons report shows even if the 50% guideline is achieved - which it will only be with luck and more public money - that is only around 10,000 to 13,000 extra units per year of affordable housing; half your own guideline? So, do you agree that there is a huge gap between your own objectives and targets in the Housing Commission and what the 50% guideline can achieve?

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Answer for Housing (Supplementary) [10]

Answer for Housing (Supplementary) [10]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I would say it is quite clear the Member did not listen to my answer. These are not aspirations. I listed a series of sites where I have intervened and managed to achieve 855 additional affordable homes for Londoners.