London Housing Strategy 2003:goals (Supplementary) [3]

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

Question

I do not underestimate " and you do not underestimate " the difficulty of getting towards the figure that we need. What I do not understand is why you have signed up to a goal that falls so far short of it. The suspicion must be that you do not want to sign up to a needs-based goal because of the gap that would be revealed and that your opponents will be able to say you have failed.

Surely it would be better and more honest to draw a clear distinction and say "That is where are heading to, now let us see how far we can get in terms of my own planning powers and in terms of public subsidy". Why are you signing up to a goal that is below what London needs?

Answer

Answer for London Housing Strategy 2003:goals (Supplementary) [3]

Answer for London Housing Strategy 2003:goals (Supplementary) [3]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Because I do not have the powers to impose the goal that I would like to see. If you step back and look at where we have come from over the last few years, when we set the target of 50% affordable housing we were told this was not going to be achievable, doubts of disaster, no one would build in London. We are now in a position where developers are coming on board for that, councils are upping their proportion of affordable housing.

We will most probably achieve the targets which, when we first raised them back in the summer of 2000, we were told were unrealistic and would lead to a disaster in London. Having achieved that, I would like to take it forward as rapidly as possible. Had I draconian powers, we would do it very much more rapidly than as we will have to do with persuasion and cajoling and bringing Government and private sector with us.