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Housing

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 a record 20.1% in the year to May, Tom Copley, London Assembly Labour Group Spokesperson on Housing, commented: “For many Londoners struggling to get a foothold...

Tenancy

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...

Housing

Statement on Chartered Institute of Housing survey

June 21st, 2014

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

To let signs

ONS house price figures statement

June 17th, 2014

Responding to ONS figures published today that show house prices have risen 18.7%...

Housing

Statement on London “Housing Zones”

June 13th, 2014

Responding to the Chancellor and Mayor’s announcement that twenty new ‘housing...

Tenancy

Mayor challenged on Private Rental “failure”

June 11th, 2014

Today (Wednesday) the Mayor of London will be challenged on his failure to tackle...

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Boris Johnson has failed London’s rough sleepers

June 9th, 2014

Responding to the Mayor’s comments on the ‘rough-sleeping spikes’, Tom Copley,...

Tenancy

Mayor’s Rental Standard “meaningless gimmick”

May 28th, 2014

Responding to the Mayor of London’s new Rental Standard for the Capital, London...

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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...

Tenancy

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”...

Construction

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...

Monarchy

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...

Monarchy

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...

Classroom

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...

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