Mayor’s Affordable Housing Call a Step in the Right Direction

Publication Date: 27th October 2017

Subject: Housing

Following the announcement from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, that there should be a sharp increase in the number of affordable homes being built in London, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) welcomed the move as a much needed step in the right direction.

In a new review of housing in the capital, Khan demanded an increase in construction from 29,000 homes a year, up to 66,000, significantly highlighting that 65% of these homes must be affordable, much higher than the current rate of 38%.

The Mayor has also decried the focus of developers on building luxury apartments and penthouses that only cater to the very wealthy, and are thought to be disproportionately owned by foreign investors.

Responding to the news, Tamara Sandoul, Policy Manager at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, said:

“This is a much needed and timely announcement from the Mayor. London has some of the least affordable housing in the country and raising the target for affordable homes in the capital is a step in the right direction.

We urge the Mayor to be increasingly ambitious if he is to make headway in resolving the current housing crisis.

Focussing on affordable rent schemes is also a welcome move and will enable many young people to start saving for their deposit instead of the majority of income going on sky-high rents.”

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