Assembly welcomes ‘Renter’s manifesto’

September 10th, 2014

The London Assembly today called on the Mayor to respond to the 'Renters manifesto', a new report by Generation Rent that calls for reform of the private rental market. The Assembly also urged the Mayor to consider piloting some of the report...


43 unfilled police officer vacancies across Redbridge according to new figures

September 9th, 2014

Forces in Redbridge face an 8% vacancy rate; Vacancies leave Redbridge without...

Boris Johnson

Boris sitting on millions of affordable housing funding

August 14th, 2014

Figures published today show that the Mayor of London has yet to spend almost £400m...


Annual Report to Londoners 2013-14

August 13th, 2014

Over the past year I have continued to focus most strongly on housing, which is the...

Council Tax

Mayor backs Camden Council on empty homes

July 25th, 2014

The Mayor of London has vowed to work with the London Borough of Camden in lobbying...


Homeownership an ever more distant dream for many as London house prices rise a record 20%

July 15th, 2014

Responding to ONS figures published today that show house prices in London rose by...


Mayor refuses to back action on “rip-off” letting agency fees

July 2nd, 2014

The Mayor of London today refused to support proposals that would prevent London’s...

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Statement on Shelter Report

June 25th, 2014

Responding to a campaign launched by Shelter today (‘How much of the housing market...


Statement on Chartered Institute of Housing survey

June 21st, 2014

Responding to a survey from the Chartered Institute of Housing that found one in...


Estate Agents

Vast swathes of London are becoming unaffordable even to those on “good” incomes

April 2nd, 2014

Barely a week goes by without a news story about overseas buyers snapping up London property. London housing has been described as a global reserve currency, with many seeing it as a safe place to park their money. There are anecdotal reports...


We need to turn the landlord’s house into the tenant’s home

March 19th, 2014

Do you live in London and rent your home from a private landlord? I say “your home”...


We need Homes for London

February 3rd, 2014

When it comes to housing, the Greater London Authority lives very much in the shadow...

Lambeth Council Housing

Right to Buy is making the housing crisis worse. Here’s how to reform it

January 15th, 2014

In October 1980, Margaret Thatcher’s first Housing Act as Prime Minister introduced...


Where’s the outrage about the monarchy’s extravagant expenses?

November 6th, 2013

There's quite a view from the chamber in City Hall where the London assembly meets...


Spare us the sycophancy

October 23rd, 2013

Every so often we are subjected to the stomach churning spectacle of Members of Parliament...

Estate Agents

Action on Help to Buy is too little too late

September 30th, 2013

The chancellor George Osborne announced on Friday that the Bank of England’s Financial...

Affordable Housing

Spineless Tories refuse to stand up to the mayor over affordable housing

September 6th, 2013

On Tuesday the London Assembly had a unique opportunity to vote down the Mayor of...


Leave homophobia to Speaker’s Corner: don’t teach it in schools

August 27th, 2013

During the Equal Marriage debate we heard much from opponents of equality about how...