Commenting on new research from the National Housing Federation which reveals that the Government must invest £12.8bn a year to finally end the housing crisis in England:
Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said: “These new figures from the National Housing Federation show the scale of the housing crisis we face and the level of action needed to tackle it. It will take focus and determination at a national level to get to grips with the crisis, and I welcome the Federation’s recognition about the role that local councils have to play in this. Sadly successive Conservative governments – including the Lib Dems in coalition – have been holding councils back.
“We’re doing our bit locally and we’re well on the way to delivering 2,000 council homes. We’ve also redefined ‘affordable housing’ so these homes are closer to genuine social rent levels. We’re also working hard to drive up standards for private renters’ and where we can we have introduced landlord licensing, but government rules limit our powers.
“I hope the government takes the National Housing Federation’s report on board and begins to match efforts from local councils to tackle the housing crisis that grips our country.”
Councillor Sirajul Islam, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “The report from the National Housing Federation shows just what impact the housing crisis has. The Tory government has a shameful record on housing with a 169% increase in rough sleeping nationally and the number of households in temporary accommodation at a 10-year high. Tower Hamlets sits right on the frontline of the Tory housing crisis and there are around 18,000 people on our housing waiting list. We urgently need the government to recognise the human cost of the housing crisis and take bold steps to meet it head on.”