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Building Council Homes for Londoners

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 20th March 2020.

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Photo of Unmesh Desai Unmesh Desai Labour

Other than capital funding for grant, what support has the GLA provided to councils to increase the number of homes they are building. For example, how many (if any) GLA staff have been placed with councils, and has revenue funding been provided in any cases?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

In addition to over £1 billion of capital funding I have allocated to councils through my Building Council Homes for Londoners programme (BCHfL), I have also provided over £10 million of revenue funding to local authorities to develop internal skills and capacity within their housing and planning teams through the Homebuilding Capacity Fund. Through BCHfL I have also provided £75,000 to fund Future of London to establish and run the Council-led Housing Forum, a dedicated forum for councils to share learning about building council homes. Since BCHfL was launched, three GLA staff members have been temporarily placed in councils to support housing delivery.

I have also provided funding to establish Public Practice, a social enterprise that brokers time-limited placements within local authorities for planning and place-making practitioners that are working in the private sector.