Social Rented Housing

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 19th September 2017.

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Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Labour, Tottenham

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the provision of social housing in (a) the London Borough of Haringey, (b) London and (c) England.

Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma Minister of State (Communities and Local Government)

As set out in our Housing White Paper, the Government recognises that this country does not build enough new homes and the National Planning Policy Framework is clear that local authorities, such as the London Borough of Haringey, are expected to identify and plan for the market and affordable housing needs of their area.

The Mayor has overall responsibility for housing policy and delivery in London and given that homes in London are the most unaffordable in the country, we believe London must take urgent action to plan for more homes and address the lack of delivery.

At a national level the Government is determined to boost housing supply and to build more affordable homes. To support this, at Autumn Statement 2016 we announced an £1.4 billion expansion of the Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme (SOAHP) 2016-21 which increased the overall budget to £7.1 billion. The Government has agreed a £3.15 billion package of funding for affordable housing in London to deliver at least 90,000 new affordable homes by March 2021. So far we have delivered nearly 333,000 new affordable homes since 2010 with one quarter of overall delivery in London (79,300).

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