Khan accused of cutting affordable housing by two thirds despite £4bn grant
Sadiq Khan has been accused of not delivering on his affordable housing promise today by proposing to cut City Hall housebuilding by nearly two-thirds, despite receiving a third of the UK’s affordable housing budget.
The latest figures reveal the mayor’s 2021-26 housebuilding programme will only build 35,000 new affordable homes using the government’s £4.82bn grant.
Khan initially promised to build 116,000 affordable homes in 2016 with the grant but had only built 56,239 by December last year.
The Greater London Authority (GLA) now has plans to begin building the 116,000 homes by 2023, using the £4.82bn grant he received five years ago.
GLA Conservative housing spokesman, Andrew Boff, said: “With a huge £4bn government investment, the Mayor ought to build as many new homes as possible.
“London has a fantastic deal from the government – we’ve been given a third of England’s affordable homes budget. It’s the Mayor’s job to come up with a plan to turn that investment into new homes.”
A spokesperson for the mayor said that Khan had hit each annual target established by government.
“In order to deliver the lowest possible cost to the tenant, these homes require a higher level of grant funding,” the spokesperson added.
“While the funding from central Government for affordable housebuilding in London remains woefully inadequate, the mayor is confident in hitting his target of starting 82,000 new genuinely affordable homes between 2021-26, and will continue to campaign for the full funding London needs.”