Promis­ing new coun­cil hous­ing


Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - News - By QASIM PERACHA qasim.peracha@reach­ @qasim­per­acha

THE Mayor of Lon­don has pledged to build more than 4,000 coun­cil houses in west Lon­don.

The an­nounce­ment came as part of a bil­lion-pound prom­ise by Sadiq Khan to build 11,000 new coun­cil houses across Lon­don.

In ad­di­tion, he promised a fur­ther 3,570 other homes, in­clud­ing those for Lon­don Liv­ing Rent, a scheme tar­geted at mid­dle-in­come Lon­don­ers to of­fer lower rents to help them save for a de­posit.

The bor­ough of Hilling­don has been al­lo­cated £11,678,000 and 347 new homes are planned.

Eal­ing will re­ceive just un­der £100 mil­lion for the con­struc­tion of 1,138 coun­cil homes, as a key part of the Labour mayor’s hous­ing strat­egy and Houn­slow will get £63,252,000 to cre­ate 741 homes.

The Ham­mer­smith and Ful­ham bor­ough has been granted £15,308,000 for the con­struc­tion of 251 coun­cil homes.

Both Sadiq Khan, who him­self grew up on a coun­cil es­tate, and

Labour leader Jeremy

Cor­byn have made the con­struc­tion of coun­cil houses a cor­ner­stone of their man­i­festos in re­cent years.

The move is an at­tempt to counter the dra­matic de­cline in house­build­ing by Lon­don’s coun­cils over the last decades.

Where is Sadiq Khan build­ing coun­cil houses?

In west Lon­don alone, Sadiq Khan is build­ing 4,248 coun­cil, so­cial and af­ford­able houses dur­ing the next four years with this pot of govern­ment fund­ing for Hilling­don, Brent, Ham­mer­smith and Ful­ham, Har­row, Houn­slow and Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea.

Lon­don As­sem­bly Mem­ber for Hilling­don and Eal­ing, Onkar Sa­hota AM, said: “With too many lo­cal fam­i­lies priced out of the hous­ing mar­ket and stuck in tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion, it has al­ways been of the ut­most pri­or­ity that we get to grips with the hous­ing cri­sis as a mat­ter of ur­gency.

“The govern­ment have sat on their hands when it comes to coun­cil home­build­ing, which fell flat dur­ing the 1990s.

“How­ever, we now have an op­por­tu­nity with this fund­ing to kick­start an am­bi­tious new build­ing pro­gramme and pro­vide the next gen­er­a­tion of homes for so­cial rent that our com­mu­nity des­per­ately needs.”

What went wrong? - Right to Buy

Lon­don’s coun­cils built just 2,100 homes dur­ing the last seven years – an av­er­age of just 300 homes per year, or roughly 10 coun­cil homes per Lon­don bor­ough ev­ery year.

This is a stark con­trast with the 1970s, where at its peak, Lon­don coun­cils built 20,000 homes a year.

All the while, there are tens of thou­sands of Lon­don­ers on coun­cil hous­ing wait­ing lists, says City Hall.

The new coun­cil homes will be built over the next four years at so­cial rent lev­els, said Mr Khan.

The fund­ing comes from a govern­ment so­cial rent grant and is be­ing dis­trib­uted to 26 bor­oughs, which are also be­ing en­cour­aged to re­cy­cle money from Right to Buy to re­place coun­cil homes sold off un­der the old pol­icy.

“Lon­don’s hous­ing cri­sis is hugely com­plex...”

How­ever, de­spite the an­nounce­ment, the mayor says that to build all the coun­cil, so­cial and af­ford­able hous­ing needed in Lon­don, a fur­ther £2.7 bil­lion is re­quired ev­ery year.

The mayor said: “There is no sim­ple fix – but coun­cil hous­ing is the most im­por­tant part of the so­lu­tion. Lon­don­ers need more coun­cil homes they can gen­uinely af­ford.

“The scale of what I have an­nounced to­day shows the am­bi­tion is there in Lon­don to build a new gen­er­a­tion of coun­cil homes.

“Min­is­ters now ur­gently need to step up and go the dis­tance too.”

Lon­don­ers need more coun­cil homes they can gen­uinely af­ford Sadiq Khan, Mayor of Lon­don

Sadiq Khan’s plan has been backed by Onkar Sa­hota, Lon­don As­sem­bly Mem­ber for Hilling­don and Eal­ing

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