Sadiq Khan attacks Boris’s record on affordable homes
28 April 2016, Blog
This week, Sadiq Khan criticised official figures from City Hall which show that the number of affordable homes built in the past year has fallen. The data showed that only 4,881 new affordable homes were built in the past year — a 75 per cent drop from the 17,875 delivered the year before.
The Labour candidate has made the provision of affordable homes a top priority in his manifesto and wants to impose a 50% affordable target on new homes built in London in the updated London Plan.
The Mayor’s Office has responded by saying that it is “normal for construction to tail off at the end of a four year funding programme.”
Despite house prices rising steadily throughout Boris’s tenure of London, Boris admitted in 2015 that London had missed key targets on building affordable housing. Mr Johnson promised 100,000 affordable homes between 2008 and 2016, but only managed 94,000.
The boroughs of Hillingdon, Bromley and Barnet (London’s most populous borough) are among those which have seen the fewest number of affordable homes.
Khan’s decision to target the Mayor on this issue demonstrates the importance of the housing issue in his agenda. If elected, it will be interesting to see whether more aggressive affordable targets yield greater numbers of units, or deter housebuilding as a whole.