Majority of Londoners believe capital has a housing crisis
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing
A poll has found that 82% of Londoners believe the city is in the grip of a housing crisis.
London Councils' survey results precede an event at Westminster next week at which key figures will debate how the capital can build the estimated 800,000 new homes it needs by 2021.
The survey found that:
- 27% of Londoners believe the affordability of housing as the most important issue facing the city, above public transport (23%), crime (14%) and immigration (10%).
- Without prompting, 47% blamed the crisis on affordability and house prices, 39% on over-population/immigration, and 37% on the lack of building or supply/investment.
- Most respondents said they support London local government having more financial powers, with 42% strongly agreeing with the statement “London’s local government should be given greater freedom in the way it uses money raised from London taxpayers”.
The poll's figures show that London residents back calls from London Councils to devolve more powers from the Treasury to the capital. For example, by getting rid of rules that prevent local authorities from investing in new housing. London retains only 7% of the tax it generates, compared to 50% in New York.
Sir Steve Bullock, London Councils’ executive member for housing, said: “This polling shows that affordable housing is everybody’s problem – the housing crisis is bad for individuals, bad for families and bad for businesses. London’s future is on the line.
“Housing impacts on education, social care and business growth and Londoners want leadership.
“I look forward to discussing this in more detail at our event next week with Alan Johnson, Bob Neill and Tony Pidgley.”
Ipsos MORI polled a total of 1,000 adults aged 18+ across London’s boroughs by telephone in October last year.
Next week's Westminster debate will feature speakers Alan Johnson MP, former home secretary and shadow chancellor Bob Neill MP, Sir Steve Bullock, Tony Pidgley CBE, chairman of The Berkeley Group and debate chair Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, journalist.