Local Authority Housing in London

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-11-22
Session date: 
November 22, 2018
Reference: 
2018/3226
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I am sure you will have heard the appalling stereotypes that have been touted in some quarters about women having babies in order to obtain council flats in London. Will you take this opportunity to make clear that you do not agree this is the case, and to repudiate such comments?

Answer

Local Authority Housing in London

Local Authority Housing in London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Absolutely. The truth is that thousands of children in London are seeing their upbringing suffer because their families are forced to live in overcrowded social housing or insecure private rented housing. Anyone with an interest in the future of London should spend their energy getting more council homes built to help children in this position, rather than wasting time promoting this crude, unfair, and untrue stereotype which serves only to hurt other Londoners and expose their own prejudice.