Boris Johnson has 'presided over a litany of housing fiascos, failures and false starts'
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Development, Local Government
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Mayor of London Boris Johnson will today be accused of overseeing a litany of "fiascos, failures and false starts" within the capital's housing sector.
During Mayor's question time, Tom Copley, the London Assembly's Labour Group housing spokesperson, will charge Johnson with having no plan for housebuilding in the city and failing Londoners who privately rent.
According to Labour:
• Last year 18,000 homes were completed in London, less than half the amount Boris Johnson’s 2020 Vision said are needed, while new figures show the average cost of a London home increased by 10 % (to £544,232) in October.
• Private sector rents increased by 9% last year and 12% the year before, while complaints against landlords have increased by 47% in the last five years.
• Over one million Londoners are currently on council housing waiting lists.
• Severe overcrowding has increased by 50% despite the Mayor’s pledge to halve it.
Tom Copley said: “The Mayor has presided over a litany of housing fiascos, failures and false starts. He talks up his record, but, whether it is soaring private rents or runaway house prices, Londoners know and feel that London’s housing crisis is getting worse under Boris.
“On Boris’s watch only 18,000 homes were completed last year – half the number of homes he himself said we need to build. The Mayor must be mindful that the cost of buying a home increased by £50,000 this October alone.
“Private rents increased by 9% in 2012 and 12% in 2011; this at a time when complaints against landlords have increased by 47% since Boris’s election in 2008. Boris’s only response to this crisis in the rented sector is more voluntary self-regulation. Only this Mayor could believe that the way to prevent abuses by landlords and letting agents is to give them more power over how the market is regulated and then allow them to opt out of even these light touch regulations if they don’t like them.
“Despite this crisis, all we have from Boris is dither and delay, typified by the fact that he is due to launch another draft Housing Strategy for consultation, despite never publishing the strategy he consulted on two years ago. We do not have a Mayor who is tackling London’s housing crisis, we have a Mayor planning to at some point have a strategy for tackling London’s housing crisis. Londoners deserve more.”
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