Affordable Housing (London)

Part of Office of the Deputy Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 16th October 2002.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North 2:30 pm, 16th October 2002

I welcome the Government's examination of the housing crisis facing people in the inner city, especially inner London. Does the Secretary of State accept that unless there is a substantial increase in affordable rented housing in inner London, the poor will simply be exported from the city? Will he also intervene when local authorities, such as Islington, are deliberately selling off vacant property and buildings that could be converted into affordable rented housing, to ensure that the working-class and poor people of this city can continue living in this city and do not become just a prey to property speculation?