New figures out today show that London Mayor Sadiq Khan is failing to meet his own housing targets.
The stats show that a paltry 2,400 homes have been started in the first six months of this financial year. The Mayor’s own target for 2018/2019 is 14,000-19,000 housing starts, meaning that only 17 percent of the required homes have been started this year.
In the longer term the Mayor is aiming to build 116,000 homes by April 2022, but this new data indicates that only 22,870 (20 percent) of homes have been started since Khan was elected in 2016. This means that 93,130 (80 percent) homes need to be built over the next three and half years if Khan is to hit his targets.
Commenting, Andrew Boff AM said: “Sadiq Khan's inability to keep his promises to Londoners is making the housing crisis worse.
“These new figures will come as a blow to the millions of Londoners who pinned their hopes on Sadiq Khan, believing that he would help to build the homes our city desperately needs. Under this Mayor, home ownership has become an impossible dream for hundreds of thousands of Londoners.
“If he has any hope of tackling this crisis, the Mayor needs to drop the selfie taking, media hype and love-ins with Brussels and instead take personal control of his abysmal house-building programme. The Mayor should be increasing the use of modular homes, encouraging more development by dropping his crowd-pleasing political targets and allocating more Strategic Industrial Land to house building as part of his London Plan”.