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Mayor of London's office criticises predecessor over affordable housing supply

Mon 31 Jul 2017

The mayor of London's spokesperson has criticised the previous incumbent Boris Johnson after new figures revealed a drop in net affordable housing provision in the capital during his last year in office.

According to Sadiq Khan's annual monitoring report, net provision in 2015-16 was 61 per cent short of the 17,000 target, with just 6,6675 homes being delivered during this time.

This is 14 per cent lower than the amount recorded in 2014-15, Inside Housing reports.

A spokesperson for Mr Khan said the figures "confirm the legacy he inherited from the previous mayor of outrageously low and falling levels of affordable housing".

Indeed, the mayor's representative said Mr Khan had warned when he came into office that "the cupboard was bare, with just 13 per cent affordable homes in the pipeline.

The spokesperson stated that this fact has been "underscored by these low levels of affordable housing in the previous mayor's final year in office".

Figures also revealed that overall completions of homes in London came to 38,500, again short of the target of 42,000.

Meanwhile, affordable housing's share of new housing supply fell from 26 per cent to 20 per cent during 2015-16.

The release of the data comes shortly after Mr Khan announced that nearly £2 billion is to be invested in 49,398 "genuinely affordable" homes in London over the next four years.

The homes will be delivered by 44 housing providers, including nine London councils and large and small housing associations.

Some 17,500 of these will be for rents around social levels, while almost 32,000 will be for a combination of the London Living Rent and Shared Ownership.

Housing associations will have the option of swapping homes between these two models, depending on circumstances in the area when the properties have been completed.

Sites for almost half of the new homes have already been identified and purchased, which means construction work can commence straight away.

Meanwhile, major housing associations have committed to working with City Hall to make land available for the remaining homes.

For further information on any of the points raised in this article please contact Andrew Murray in our Social Housing Team.

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