20 May

London councillor calls for "targeted approach" to housing

London councillor calls for "targeted approach" to housing

The London Councils executive member for housing has welcomed housing plans outlines in the prime minister's draft Queen's Speech recently, but said he hopes the government will work with the Council to meet the capital's specific housing challenges.

Jamie Carswell argued that although Gordon Brown had responded to the London Councils' call to do more to help low and middle-income families enter the property market, it needs a "targeted approach".

He noted that with house prices in the capital are 13 times the median income at over £360,000, some Londoners need extra help from schemes such as a rent-free 50-50 shared ownership plan.

"We hope the government will work with us to deliver these ambitions - and continue its commitment to maintaining the current funding and level of new housing supply in London," Mr Carswell stated.

Boris Johnson, the new mayor of London, has proposed a number of measures to making housing in the capital more affordable, including bringing existing abandoned properties back into use.

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