Caroline Pidgeon said:
“The shortage of affordable homes in London remains the gravest crisis facing our city, with over 500,000 people languishing on housing waiting lists and with far too many families living in overcrowded homes.
“For decades London has failed to build enough new homes, driving up rents and putting property prices well beyond the reach of most ordinary Londoners. You’ve got to boost supply, and I’m not going to rely on the private sector to do that because they just haven’t delivered. They will find any excuse not to build genuinely affordable homes.”
“I unashamedly say that just as people rose to the challenge and helped to fund the Olympic and Paralympic Games, it is now time a similar commitment was shown to building new affordable homes. This Government is trying to get rid of council housing – I want to bring it back so Londoners can afford to stay in the capital.”
We hereby call for an ambitious housebuilding scheme to be put in place in London, funded by the Olympic Precept reinstituted for housing.