Tuberculosis and rickets (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
December 11, 2002
Question By: 
Elizabeth Howlett
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Neale Coleman, Director of Business Planning & Regeneration, GLA

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But rickets is a problem of education, about children and babies' nutrition and of course people coming into this country not aware of how to get this proper nutrition that perhaps they found elsewhere. What do you think about the health impact assessment that have been done on the Mayor's Strategy? It's hardly surely impacting at all, particularly in the case of housing, where local authorities are still not improving the quality of their social housing, and people are living in damp and unsavoury conditions, which in fact contribute to contagious diseases, particularly tuberculosis.

So, what I'm saying to you, do you think all these impact assessments are actually having any impact at all?

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Answer for Tuberculosis and rickets (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Tuberculosis and rickets (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
Neale Coleman, Director of Business Planning & Regeneration, GLA

I believe they are. I think in the particular case you mention, which is really the issue of improvements to social housing, that really isn't a matter which falls at all within the Mayor's statutory responsibility or within his planning powers. It is an issue for which the Government and the local authorities have primary responsibility. It is the case that there are increasing concerns about whether authorities in London, in particular, will be able to meet the Decent Homes Target. This is something that we are involved in discussions with. As I say, it's not our direct responsibility but it's something we are very concerned about. And we have recently joined in, as part of the work of the Housing Forum for London, in the work of a group which is being brought together by the Government Office for London, to monitor and address the issues of trying to achieve the Decent Homes Target.

Personally, if you press me on the matter, I would say that it is going to be necessary for there to be more financial help from Government to authorities in London, through whatever means, if that target is to be reached. And that is an important priority for the Mayor.