City Hall step in to fund new council homes

  Lutfur Rahman’s housing claims in tatters

 65 new council homes are to be built in Tower Hamlets thanks to a new grant from London City Hall. The homes will deliver much needed social housing capacity to the borough.

The 65 new homes comes following pressure from GLA member John Biggs to ease Tower Hamlets’ growing housing crisis. With a council home waiting list of over 21,000 the new homes will help families currently struggling to find a home.

Last month the independent Mayor of Tower Hamlets was slammed by Labour for having only delivered 15 council homes since he came to power in 2010. Since then it has come to light that these 15 homes were actually also funded by a partnership of the GLA leaving the Mayor’s claims on housing in tatters. The new information also revealed that the 15 homes were even already under construction before the Mayor was elected in October 2010

The Mayor claims to have delivered thousands of homes under his leadership but investigations by councillors revealed that 99% of these were funded and built by the borough’s Registered Social Landlords, the people that the Mayor opposed and describes as ‘dodgy social landlords’.

Labour’s Housing Spokesperson, Cllr Abdal Ullah, said:

“After the Mayor failing to deliver any council homes over the last three years, I am glad City Hall are stepping in to get things moving. Families in Tower Hamlets are crying out for homes, they won’t care who paid for them but it is important that they understand the depth of the Mayor’s failings on housing.”

Labour London Assembly Member, John Biggs, said:

“Building the right housing is about working in partnership with others. The current Mayor refuses to do this but will leap at the chance to claim credit for other peoples work.

“Whilst I am proud that City Hall is able to help fund these new homes it is frustrating to see the lack of progress made under Lutfur Rahman’s administration. When I am elected Mayor I pledge to work in partnership with the GLA, social landlords and others to deliver the homes people so desperately need.”

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