The COVID-19 crisis has shown us that now, more than ever, all Londoners need access to good quality housing that they can afford.
Update: In June, the Mayor of London provided a formal written response to the Panel’s priorities. This can be read in full in a letter to the Chair of the London Housing Panel.
The London Housing Panel calls on the Mayor to commit to three actions:
1. Massively increase social housing supply
and be bolder in the number of social rented homes that need to be built and prioritise achieving that.
2. Support all Londoners to be heard and thrive
because they are your greatest asset in making a stronger case to national government and ensuring the long-term positive outcomes of house building.
3. Take action on temporary accommodation
because we know that solving the housing crisis is not a quick fix, and that families, children and people living vulnerably need to be helped now.
Even before the pandemic, the unaffordability of housing in London was one of the city’s biggest challenges:
- The number of children that are homeless and in temporary accommodation is at its highest since 2006.
- Inadequate housing is putting people’s health at risk and damaging people’s lives.
- Without more socially rented homes, the number of people experiencing inadequate housing & homelessness will continue to spiral.
“Currently thousands of Londoners are living in conditions that none of us would deem acceptable; and public land is being sold off for private development when it could be used for desperately needed social rented homes. The COVID-19 crisis has shown us that now, more than ever, all Londoners need access to good quality housing the can afford. A problem this big needs ambitious Mayoral commitment to beat it.”
This is a solvable problem but we need to act now – together, London’s politicians, civil society and communities can work with house builders and planners to tackle the housing crisis in the short and long-term.