Affordable housing (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
May 25, 2016
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Andrew Boff AM:  Mr Mayor, on your website, was there a statement that you would ensure a minimum of 80,000 new homes a year?

Supplementary To: 

Answer

Answer for Affordable housing (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Affordable housing (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  The housing associations say that 80,000 homes a year is the requirement there is to meet London’s needs.  London First say it is 50,000 homes a year.  There are different figures being thrown around.

 

Andrew Boff AM:  The statement reads:

 

“The Tory Mayor has failed to invest £400 million of his affordable homes budget.  Sadiq will use this and support housing associations in their plans to ensure a minimum of 80,000 new homes a year.”

 

How are you going to ensure 80,000 new homes a year, Mr Mayor?

 

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Housing associations say we need 80,000 homes a year to meet the needs of Londoners.  I have made it quite clear.  We have to ensure that the right sorts of homes are built in London, built to rent and built to buy.

 

I know that you, Assembly Member Boff, read The Guardian assiduously.  You will have seen The Guardian’s front page today, which is an example of the consequences of the last eight years of being obsessed with numbers rather than the right sorts of homes.

 

Andrew Boff AM:  You are no longer committed to the 80,000 new homes a year that you featured on your website during the election?

 

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  My manifesto has no commitment to numbers of homes per year.  It is about the right sorts of homes.

 

Andrew Boff AM:  I have your manifesto here.  I also have your website in front of me and it quite clearly says that you want “to ensure a minimum of 80,000 new homes a year”.  Is that a commitment you are no longer subscribing to?

 

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  That is the number of homes that housing associations say need to be built in London to meet the needs of Londoners and I want to work with them to try to ensure we build as many affordable homes as we can.

 

Andrew Boff AM:  You did not say “try to ensure”, Mr Mayor, on your website.  You said you would “ensure a minimum of 80,000 new homes a year”.

 

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  I want to work with housing associations, developers, local authorities, those in finance and students to make sure the right sorts of homes are built.

 

Andrew Boff AM:  Can I take it that now you do not consider 80,000 new homes a year a target for you?

 

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  I have not been obsessed with aggregate numbers.  What I am obsessed with is the right sorts of homes being built in London.

 

Andrew Boff AM:  That is not a target for you, 80,000 new homes a year?

 

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  If we can build 80,000 genuinely affordable homes in London, it would be fantastic.

 

Andrew Boff AM:  That is interesting but I would not mind an answer to the question.

 

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  I have answered it several times.

 

Andrew Boff AM:  No, you have answered the question you wanted me to ask.  The question I am asking you is: is 80,000 new homes a year a target for you now?

 

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  I am not obsessed with the total number of units built.

 

Andrew Boff AM:  There you go.

 

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  I am obsessed with the right sorts of homes being built.

 

Andrew Boff AM:  You are doing it again, Mr Mayor.  You are answering a question I did not ask.  The question is: are you committed to a target of 80,000 new homes a year now?

 

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  I am not obsessed with the total number of units built.  I am obsessed with the right sorts of homes being built to buy and rent for Londoners.

 

Andrew Boff AM:  Your obsession has changed since before the election when you said that you would stick to 80,000 new homes a year?

 

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  I want to build genuinely affordable homes for Londoners.  That is what I am obsessed with.