Boris – stand up for Lon­don­ers

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - STEPHEN KNIGHT AM Lib­eral Demo­crat Lon­don Assem­bly hous­ing spokesper­son

THE Mayor of Lon­don needs to come clean over his stance on the gov­ern­ment’s plan to ex­tend the so-called ‘right to buy’ to hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion ten­ants.

This pol­icy will be ex­tremely ex­pen­sive and ac­cord­ing to hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tions them­selves it will un­der­min­ing the vi­a­bil­ity of the whole hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion sec­tor, putting the de­liv­ery of new af­ford­able homes at se­ri­ous risk.

Each such home sold in Lon­don will re­quire a public sub­sidy to the new home owner of over £100,000 and the In­sti­tute of Fis­cal Stud­ies puts the na­tional price tag at al­most £12 bil­lion pounds over the next five years – money that could in­stead be used to build new af­ford­able homes.

It is time for Boris John­son to de­cide whether he will stand up for the needs of Lon­don­ers or sim­ply be a back­bench poo­dle of the gov­ern­ment – vot­ing fod­der for what­ever barmy scheme it puts for­ward.

The Mayor’s num­ber one hous­ing pri­or­ity should be de­liv­er­ing more af­ford­able homes, not de­fend­ing ill thought out plans from Con­ser­va­tive cen­tral of­fice.

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