‘Bedrooms of London’

MQT on 2019-01-17
Session date: 
January 17, 2019
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The Childhood Trust has highlighted the numbers of children who do not have their own bedroom through their upcoming exhibition ‘Bedrooms of London’. What impact does not having a bedroom of their own have on children living in poverty in London and what more can be done to address the issue?


Answer for ‘Bedrooms of London’
‘Bedrooms of London’

‘Bedrooms of London’

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Children lacking a bedroom through overcrowding are more likely to be from low income households and BAME backgrounds. Lack of room to play or study inhibits children’s development and educational achievement. Adult children living with parents may delay starting their own families. More broadly, overcrowding increases the risk of accidents in the home, and there is evidence it is associated with physical ill health, as well as contributing to stress and anxiety.

I am committed to tackling overcrowding, as one of the worst symptoms of London’s housing crisis. My Housing Strategy outlines the steps that I am taking to do so. Above all, we need more social housing of all sizes, including larger homes for families who need them.