Housing

Meeting: 
MQT on 2020-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2020
Reference: 
2020/1066
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Are you meeting your housing commitments to Londoners?

Answer

Housing

Housing

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Yes. Having nearly completed my first term in office, I am proud of my record of fulfilling my housing commitments to Londoners. Tackling the housing crisis is my top priority and I have done everything I can - from delivering more genuinely affordable homes, to standing up for private renters and doubling funding for rough sleeping services.

For two years in a row I have delivered a record number of genuinely affordable homes since housing investment powers were devolved to City Hall, hitting the targets that were agreed with the Government. The latest data for this year show that we are on course for another record-breaking year. As someone who grew up in a council home I’m particularly proud that in 2018/19 we started more new council homes than in any year since 1984/85.

Whilst I have used all the resources and powers at my disposal to tackle the housing crisis head-on, at the heart of this crisis is a lack of funding for affordable housing. It is now time for Government to step up to the plate and work with me to build the council and social rented homes we urgently need and provide the support that is needed to vulnerable Londoners.