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Friday, 16 December 2011

Mayor must do more to address shortage of affordable housing

I think we all know about the issue about the lack of quality housing for many groups of people in London. There needs to be more efforts to bring disused buildings back into life.

On a related subject this week, Mike Tuffrey, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly housing spokesperson, challenged the Mayor over figures released in the latest version of the Mayor's revised Housing Strategy which show a planned increase in the number of affordable homes to be delivered between 2011 and 2015 of just 0.6% per annum.

Over the same period, London’s population is expected to increase by over 200,000 people. Commenting on the Mayor’s latest plans Mike said: “London is growing, with approaching a million more people expected to be living here by 2030; demand is already high, with over 800,000 people now waiting for social and affordable housing in London; and over 230,000 households are overcrowded, the highest rate in the country.

The land is there, much of it in public ownership and coming under the direct control of the Mayor of London. Yet there’s still no strategy to link public sector land with private sector money."

The 12 week public consultation period runs until 6 March 2012. If you wish to comment on the Strategy please email Mike at

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