Children in Temporary Accommodation

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 14th November 2019.

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Photo of Joanne McCartney Joanne McCartney Labour

Enfield & Haringey have very high numbers of children in temporary accommodation. What are you doing to resolve this situation?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Resolving this tragic situation – which is common across many boroughs - requires three key changes. First, London needs far more social rented homes. I am using my planning powers and my Affordable Homes Programme to deliver record numbers. But a step-change in investment is required to deliver what is needed, and I continue to lobby Government for additional resources and powers. Second, the private rented sector needs to be more secure and affordable. My blueprint for the sector sets out the wholesale reform needed and I am urging Government to deliver this, rather than the tinkering it has proposed. Third, welfare benefits intended to cover housing costs must be brought back into line with at least the cheapest third of market rents. Again, this is down to the Government, and I continue to lobby them on this point.