Tom Copley: With summer coming to an end, homeless shelters will be ramping up preparations for the approaching cold weather, after a record number of people were seen sleeping rough in London last year. It is now more than a year since you set out your Plan of Action– what progress are you making with Government to secure the £574m needed to eradicate rough sleeping?
Tom Copley: Thank you very much for that response, Mr Mayor. I was pleased to see from your response to one of my written questions that the GLA does not pass on rough sleepers’ details to the Home Office. I am also pleased that Haringey and Islington Councils have done similar. What can you do to make sure that no London boroughs see deportation as the answer to our homelessness crisis?
Tom Copley: Thank you very much. Of course, another thing that might be seen by people who are sleeping rough as a threat of deportation may come as a result of a noâdeal Brexit and the possible end of freedom of movement. Do you think there is a risk that some of the most vulnerable Londoners on our streets will get caught up in this and either be denied access to vital services or be scared of...
Tom Copley: Absolutely. We have known for some time now the leading cause not just of rough sleeping but of homelessness in general has been the end of a private tenancy. That is one of the reasons why I would agree with an approach that involves rent controls, because it is about stability for people and not just about affordability. One of the biggest drivers has, of course, been people not being able...
Tom Copley: Absolutely. Thank you very much, Mr Mayor.
Tom Copley: Assembly Member Bacon referred to some work that the Housing Committee did on rent control a few years ago. I know this well because I was chairing the Committee at the time. I think he inadvertently slightly misled us in the sense that he said all the scenarios we modelled in that would result in shrinkage of the private rented stock. It would not, except in one scenario at the upper level...
Tom Copley: No, it does not. Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Chair): You are not going to have a conversation. You have made a challenge and the Assembly Member ââ
Tom Copley: No, not in absolute terms.
Tom Copley: How much funding has the GLA awarded to each London Borough for new homes at social rent or London Affordable Rent in each of the last five years?
Tom Copley: Your press release for the 2018-19 affordable homes statistics stated that there had been 1,916 new council homes started in 2018-19 funded by the GLA. Could you: break this down by London Borough provide this figure for each of the past five years
Tom Copley: Does the Mayor support the proposals of the recent bi-partisan report by the House of Commons Housing, Communities & Local Government Committee report on leasehold reform and what steps will he take to persuade the Government to implement the committee’s proposals?
Tom Copley: The Government has recently stated that it will legislate to ensure all new ground rents are £0, which is a good step to supporting leaseholders, but do you think their proposals go far enough to help existing leaseholders stuck with onerous and pernicious terms?
Tom Copley: Do you know how many leaseholders in London are retired or unemployed? What help do they receive in paying their housing costs if they are in receipt of Universal Credit or Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance?
Tom Copley: How many Boroughs have signed up to the Right to Buy receipts Ring Fence offer, and how much money has been returned to each borough to date?
Tom Copley: Following my question 2019/14462 regarding the 1,802, 2,462 and 1,150 “open market” homes funded by the GLA in the past three years, could you tell me how many of them were for private market sale, broken down by tenure (freehold, share of freehold, leasehold, commonhold)?
Tom Copley: Please list all the London boroughs and all London Parliamentary constituencies to show the total number of households who are private tenants, local authority tenants, outright owner-occupiers and the number of leaseholders and supply the same information on a London-wide basis.
Tom Copley: Your recent analysis about private renters and voter registration is timely and important. It also highlights how frequently private renters have to move in London. Not having a stable address can sometimes make it harder to get ID. Is there also a concern that the Government current Voter ID pilots and future proposals may make it harder still for London’s private renters to have their...
Tom Copley: Following your recent analysis that private renters are less likely to be registered to vote in London, what steps can you take to work with London Boroughs to drive up registration ahead of elections in London next May and a possible General Election at any moment?
Tom Copley: How much Right to Buy receipts have been returned to the GLA from the Government in each year since 2012?
Tom Copley: Please show the latest information that shows the total number of residential property sales for freehold properties and separately show the total number of leasehold sales by Parliamentary constituencies, by London borough and on a London-wide basis. Please show the number of leasehold sales as a percentage of the total number of residential sales.