Housing (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
October 15, 2008
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Darren Johnson (Deputy Chair): OK. Thank you. Now question 2088 on housing in the name of Mike Tuffrey. Mike [Tuffrey] has indicated that he does want to come back on this issue.

Mike Tuffrey (AM): Thank you; I am grateful for your indulgence. The specific question - because it is highly topical - there is a story running in the media this morning that Alistair Darling has released some funding from the Olympics contingency towards the Olympics Village. I gather that is not correct and that is not a new story, but what I am wanting to get from you is what the latest is on the affordable housing percentage within the Olympic Village and whether you see that as being adjusted downwards to help close the gap. What is the latest on that?

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Answer for Housing (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Housing (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): The latest on that, Mike, is there are certainly no plans to do that. I can show you - and it would be perhaps helpful for you to see - some of the illustrations of the Olympic Village as it is currently conceived and the proportion of affordable and part buy/part rent - both types of affordable - that we are going to be introducing into the Village. It is certainly not our intention to reduce the affordable component of the Olympic Village. If you would like more details on that then I would be very, very happy to supply them.

Mike Tuffrey (AM): I think I would.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Let me just say, on the Olympic Village, it is going to be a wonderful place to come and live. It is going to be a fantastic development for London and I think it is vital that it is a glorious pole of attraction for that part of East London and so we must not skimp or stint on the quality of the Village.