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Fierce criticism of move to set 'affordable' homes rate at 80 per cent of market value
Boris Johnson has "given up on ordinary Londoners" by increasing the standard cost of affordable housing, the Waltham Forest representative at City Hall has claimed.
On Tuesday the London Assembly approved the Mayor’s proposed changes to the capital's planning blueprint for the city, which will see the cheapest housing valued at 80 per cent of the market value.
Jennette Arnold, Labour Assembly Member for North East London, who voted against the measure, said the changes would put an “intolerable strain” on already overburdened services in outer London boroughs.
“This vote signals the death of new truly affordable housing in London," she said.
“It is a complete travesty that this has happened.
“This is effectively giving up on ordinary Londoners on modest incomes.”
The Mayor of London’s office has been contacted for a comment.
The change to the London Plan has also been met with fierce criticism from the person responsible for tackling the housing crisis in Waltham Forest, where more than 20,000 people are on the council's waiting list.
Cllr Marie Pye, the Labour council's cabinet member for housing, accused the Mayor of being ignorant of the plight of those struggling to make ends meet.
“I’m afraid the Mayor’s decision shows a lack of understanding about the reality of the lives of families in lower paid jobs or surviving on incomes from part-time employment," she said.
“Waltham Forest, like many London boroughs, has experienced rents increasing in the private sector and we know that 80 per cent of market rent is simply unaffordable to many families.”
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