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The Mayor of London was accused of giving up on ordinary Londoners
Boris Johnson has hit back at criticism of his decision to increase the cost of affordable housing in London.
Last week the Greater London Authority approved a change to the London Plan which would allow developers to set the rate for cheaper homes at 80 per cent of the market value.
Two senior Waltham Forest politicians slammed the move, saying it would lead to an increase in homelessness.
Describing the move as a “travesty”, GLA member Jennette Arnold accused Mr Johnson of giving up on ordinary Londoners.
While Labour councillor Marie Pye, who is responsible for housing in the borough, said the police showed Boris Johnson had a lack of understanding of reality.
But the Mayor’s office said the rates brought the planning blueprint for London in line with national policy.
A spokeswoman said: "The Mayor is absolutely committed to maximising affordable housing delivery to help lower income working Londoners who would otherwise face higher housing costs in the private rented sector.
“Rent controls across 33 different boroughs would simply have the negative effect of driving away vital investment and reduce the number of homes built - exacerbating London's housing crisis."
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