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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development

Boris Johnson's housing target doomed Boris Johnson's housing target doomed

Mayor of London Boris Johnson is set to miss his 'affordable' homes target, papers have revealed.

Documents for the mayor's 'homes for London' board have confirmed that 52,749 'affordable' properties will be delivered with GLA money by March 2015 - falling short of Johnson's target of 55,000.

The failure will mean Johnson has broken one of his key manifesto promises.

The papers also forecast that he will deliver fewer affordable homes in his second term than any mayoral term since 2000-04.

London Assembly Green Party Member Darren Johnson said: “I’m dismayed that the mayor expects to break a key manifesto promise on affordable housing for the second time by failing to deliver the 55,000 homes by the end of March. Instead of trying to move the goalposts, he should face up to this failure and start lobbying for a much bigger housing budget.

“Londoners are suffering from crushing housing costs and more and more families are being shipped out of the capital. It’s astonishing that the mayor would be so relaxed about this abysmal record on affordable housing in the middle of such a serious crisis. Many of the homes he is funding aren’t even affordable for the people they’re supposed to help.”

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