MQT on 2002-10-23
Session date: 
October 23, 2002
Question By: 
Sally Hamwee
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What is your definition of `bedspaces' when it comes to providing accommodation for key workers in the public sector?



Answer for Bedspaces

Answer for Bedspaces

Answered By: 
The Mayor

We have to think creatively about housing solutions for key workers. Initial research by Keep London Working and other agencies involved in the provision of intermediate (key-worker) housing shows that such households tend to be a higher proportion of individuals or couples rather than families who want self-contained accommodation. We need to provide housing that meets both their needs and their reasonable wishes, at an affordable rent or price - otherwise they will leave London and our economy will suffer. So I envisage primarily self-contained accommodation for key workers, with an emphasis on say one-or two-bedroom accommodation, but varied to suit the local requirements, site mix opportunity, etc.'However, it seems unlikely that we can provide every individual key worker with self-contained accommodation, where all the rooms (kitchen, bathroom and toilet) are behind a door that only that person can use. We need to design good quality and attractive alternatives perhaps including purpose built non self-contained accommodation, for example, bedsits with shared facilities and amenities. While the term bedspace is more commonly used in the context of communal establishments such as halls of residence, care homes and hostels, it also covers bedsits. Bedsits provide household spaces at the same address counted together as a single unit of accommodation. The number of bedspaces equals the number of people. .