Key worker homes (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 25th January 2022.

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How many key worker homes will be provided from the GLA’s 2016-23 Affordable Housing Programme, and to what timescale?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The GLA's Affordable Homes Programmes provide funding for my preferred tenures of intermediate housing: Shared Ownership and London Living Rent. As a funder the GLA does not take a direct role in managing allocations to households. Rather, my key worker definition is recommended to local authorities and housing providers to use to prioritise applicants, and forthcoming planning guidance will strengthen this expectation in relation to London Plan Policy H6. My key worker policy does not make any occupations ineligible, but identifies priority occupations from within the broader Standard Occupational Classification. Providers must in all cases apply household income caps of £60,000 for intermediate rent and £90,000 for intermediate home ownership.

The term 'key worker homes' is applicable to homes that are subject to specific eligibility criteria restricting residents to key worker occupations. I am able to support this approach in certain investment partnerships, for example by building key worker London Living Rent homes for NHS staff as part of the St Ann's development.