Despite boasts that housing is a priority, Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman has taken three years to agree projects to build new homes for rent despite money and land sitting unused and 21,000 families and households desperately waiting for an affordable home in the borough.
Labour have questioned why money for new homes has only just been released six months before the local elections, after a press release put out by the current Mayor last week claims money is now being released for new homes after City Hall stepped in.
And Tower Hamlets Council's own figures revealed the current Mayor’s failure to build any new council homes since 2010, with just 15 new council homes finished under Lutfur Rahman - all building started before he took office.
The current Mayor recently had to cancel new homes planned for a site on Watts Grove because he at last realised his complex and hugely expensive plans were inoperable. These botched plans cost local taxpayers £300,000 in wasted fees - resulting in a total fiasco but no new homes.
John Biggs, Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets, today said:
“This is remarkable idleness from a man who promised to build new homes but has simply not bothered to get round to it. It is an astonishing failure.
“And even for this scheme work has still not begun. The belated approval of the cash will be of little consolation to the families who have spent three years surviving in temporary accommodation, with all the stress that inevitably involves.”