London Housing Strategy 2003:goals (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
September 17, 2003
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Leaving aside the examination in public and the Plan, which was discussed earlier, is it not very disappointing that this strategy does not show the way to meet the need " not the supply " in housing? My initial enthusiasm at seeing finally a regional housing plan was quickly dashed when I realised that this strategy does not address the need. Can you explain why, given that the GLA is party to drawing up this strategy, the strategy does not address the need in London, which is at least 30,000?

Answer

Answer for London Housing Strategy 2003:goals (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for London Housing Strategy 2003:goals (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

We are coming from where we inherited and what we have seen is an improvement in the volume of housing construction " dramatic improvement in the volume of affordable housing within that " but Mr Tuffrey is right. We should be building at least 30,000 homes per year. One of my criticisms of the Government is it has not allowed those authorities that would like to to restart the provision of municipal housing. We are in this bizarre position that when London's population was declining in the post-war period, we often achieved 50,000 new homes per year, often a majority of those provided by the public sector. Now that London's population is growing, we are struggling to achieve half that number and that is why we have a housing crisis. I accept that the Government has put a dramatic amount of new money available as part of its overall strategy for the Southeast and this will lead to an increase in supply but I do regret that we did not see an immediate reversal of the Thatcherite policy of banning councils from building housing to deal with needs.