Boris Johnson, Ken Livingstone, Brian Paddick, Jenny Jones and Siobhan Benita all pledged to establish Homes for London if elected, agreeing that housing must be a top priority for the next Mayor.
At the latest hustings hosted by Sky News, housing was the first issue on the agenda and generated positive responses from all three candidates. Ken and Brian agreed there was a need to return to an era of mass council house building and Boris pledged to build 55,000 affordable homes by 2015.
In profiles by Inside Housing, Brian promised to build 360,000 affordable homes, and Siobhan insisted she would create a secondary housing market, which would sell and rent homes at half market rates.
Perhaps it’s no surprise that these announcements came in a week in which London’s homes have featured heavily in the media.
Shelter’s Campbell Robb demanded in the Times that the mayoral candidates put greater focus on housing issues, and the Evening Standard explained to readers what powers the next Mayor has to fix housing.
The National Housing Federation compounded the case for housing reform through a survey indicating that 81% of parents in the London believe that their children will not be able to afford to buy a home in the capital.
Meanwhile, Shelter’s Toby Lloyd debated the issues on the Guardian’s Mayoral election live blog, while Thursday saw the Independent’s Owen Jones highlighting the dire situation faced by the one in four Londoners who now rent.
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