In response to a Members Enquiry from Labour Councillor Carlo Gibbs Council officers said that the 5,349 social homes were"units are in various stages of development – some are on site, others have secured planning consent, some are due to come forward for planning permission and other schemes are currently being worked up by developers and Registered Providers."
The revelation throws Lutfur Rahman's pledge to deliver 5,500 new social homes into disarray as this would only mean adding 151 to the total already expected to be built.
By contrast Labour's John Biggs has pledged to focus on building 1,000 new council homes, in addition to those built by RSLs and developers. New council housing would allow rents to be set at levels more affordable to local people as opposed to social housing which is capped at 80% of expensive market rents.
Under Lutfur Rahman only 15 council homes have been built in the borough.
Labour candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:
"The truth is Lutfur Rahman's housing policy is in total disarray. Rahman isn't pledging to build any council homes at all and now learn that using all the power of the mayor's office his ambition is only to build an extra 151 homes over four years.
"Housing is one of the biggest problems facing our borough. The people of Tower Hamlets deserve better than a mayor with such low ambitions. That is why in addition to the homes already planned by developers and RSLs I would work towards building 1,000 new council homes."