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Nearly 5,000 council homes started in London last year

Words: Laura Edgar
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In the 2021/22 financial year 4,946 ‘City Hall-backed’ council homes were built in London, according to statistics.

According to Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, just 3,520 council homes were started in London in the 10 years before he became mayor in 2016.

He attributes the uptick in council home delivery to mayoral initiatives such as the Building Council Homes for Londoners grant funding programme and his Homebuilding Capacity Fund.

The mayoral release states that all but two councils in London began work on city-funded council homes.

Southwark topped the councils with 878 starts, followed by Havering with 593, Barking and Dagenham with 424, and Newham with 410.

Bromley, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kingston upon Thames, and Sutton boroughs all started building City Hall-funded council homes for the first time last year.

These building starts form part of the mayor’s “genuinely affordable homes” figures announced earlier in May, which stated that 18,722 (including council homes) were started on London sites in 2021/22.

Khan said: “There’s no quick fix to London’s housing crisis, but we’re taking some big steps in the right direction – breathing new life into council homebuilding in London. Every new home we build is another London family given the secure, long-term home they deserve.

“I grew up on a council estate in South London, so I know the vital role council homes play in providing security for families. I’m proud that we’re reversing the years of declining council homebuilding and are once again seeing these vital homes return to every corner of our city.

“But I’m determined that we continue to do all we can to build on the success of recent years, empower councils and work with all those involved in building new council homes, so we build a safer, fairer, greener and more prosperous city for all Londoners.”

Khan also highlighted how the rising cost of construction materials and workforce shortages – as well as the impacts of Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic – are having a “significant” impact on the delivery of much-needed new homes in the capital.

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