Housing scandals (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
June 13, 2012
Question By: 
Roger Evans
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Roger Evans (AM): All right. It is a supplementary on the question that was asked, Chair, not a question which has intruded on the debate since that moment.

Jennette Arnold (Chair): OK, sorry. What I am trying to do is just get a group in, so if you can just hold, Nicky, and can we have your supplementary then?

Roger Evans (AM): Oh right, thank you, Chair.

Jennette Arnold (Chair): OK, and we will get some order.

Roger Evans (AM): Yes, I wanted to talk about a housing scandal in Redbridge - not beds in sheds, which we are not allowed to mention - but squatting, which has been a big problem for residents, particularly in Ilford. It hangs over people, it is difficult to keep people out of your house while you are away, it is even harder to get them out when you come back and find them there. What can you do and the Housing Unit here do to discourage squatting and to help make it easier for people to get their homes back and to stamp out this scourge on my residents?

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Answer for Housing scandals (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Housing scandals (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): I think squatting is outrageous myself, and we have made representations to Government to make it easier for these people to be evicted. I think they are a blight and a curse.

Do you want me to move to the question about rough sleeping?

Jennette Arnold (Chair): Yes.