Key workers

MQT on 2003-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2003
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In the draft London Plan you state that you would like 30% of all new affordable homes to be designated as `intermediate" housing. This category includes provision for key workers. What is your definition of a key worker? Could you provide a list of all those services whose employees qualify for key worker status under your definition?



Answer for Key workers

Answer for Key workers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The draft London plan defines intermediate housing in terms of housing costs affordable by households on incomes between £15,000 and £35,000. This affordability based definition was endorsed by the Examination in Public and is consistent with Government Guidance. While many workers providing essential service functions are on incomes below the lower threshold, there are others who are above the higher threshold and able to access market provision in some parts of London. Other households in need of intermediate provision will also be in this income range.It is therefore wrong to equate intermediate provision with key worker provision as if the two were synonymous. It would also be inappropriate to set out in the London Plan or other policy exclusive definitions of key workers In my view restrictive definitions can be unhelpful and even divisive, as they just boost one employee groups buying power at the expense of other employee groups. .