The lack of affordable housing in Hackney is by far the biggest problem facing us. Too many are being priced out, too many are languishing on the waiting list for council houses, and far too many desperate families are struggling in temporary accommodation. As Cabinet Member for Housing, I’m proud that we have delivered genuinely affordable council homes to rent and buy against the odds. We've now built 268 homes, are onsite building 738 more, and I've started work on a second programme of 500 homes with 70% of these new council homes as genuinely affordable, a mix unheard of in London.
But as Mayor, working across the Council I could go so much further. If selected, I pledge to double the number of council homes we build from 2018; and I will commit Hackney to being the first borough in London to build 500 of Sadiq Khan’s London Living Rent homes – where no one pays more than a third of their income in rent.
Please get in touch with me if you want to get involved or know more.