Accessibility of grant funding information (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th September 2021.

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A constituent has raised concerns over the accessibility of information about the distribution of your affordable housing grants. Could you tell me: a) how can a London resident find out if any grant in relation to their home was applied for or granted, and b) what policies are place to prevent housing providers from not obtaining available funding, in order to charge unaffordable and higher rents for new homes?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The GLA does not publish a breakdown of individual schemes which have been funded with GLA grant as part of our standard programme reporting.

The decision about how to finance affordable housing delivery ultimately sits with the developer. However, the London Plan sets out requirements on tenure to ensure that the delivery of genuinely affordable homes is prioritised. The London Plan (Policy 4.4.1) also states that ‘all schemes are expected to maximise the delivery of affordable housing and make the most efficient use of available resources’.

If a resident is concerned that they are being charged unfair rents by their social housing landlord, they can also contact the Housing Ombudsman for advice.