Under questioning from Labour London Assembly Member Tom Copley, London Mayor Boris Johnson yesterday appeared to accept that he will not hit his target to build 55,000 new affordable homes by March 2015.
During the exchange the Mayor refused confirm that he target date remained March 2015 even though his Deputy Mayor for Housing stated categorically less than a year ago that that the target still stood. As of September this year the Mayor had only delivered 38,412 affordable homes leaving more than 16,000 to be built in order to meet March’s target.
After numerous attempts to dodge the question the Mayor accepted that he may not hit the target but refused to take action to prevent the failure stating: “If it slips by a few hundred in March or whatever deadline you arbitrarily choose to set then we’ll look at it then.”
When asked when the 55,000 would be completed the Mayor simply said “well I don’t know, whenever we’ve done them.”
Speaking after the meeting London Assembly Labour Group Housing Spokesperson, Tom Copley AM said:
“This is yet another pledge which Boris is going to fail to keep to Londoners. The Mayor’s attitude towards affordable is outrageously blasé given the scale of the housing crisis facing the capital. Hundreds of thousands of hardworking Londoners are being priced out of buying by the capital’s eye-watering house prices yet Boris Johnson just doesn't seem to care about the impact that has.
"It is clear that Boris is set to miss his affordable housing pledge by March 2015. Yet instead of owning up to his failure, the Mayor is trying to pretend that the deadline was always December 2015. We urgently need to see action to put the scheme back on track to deliver the affordable housing London so desperately needs.”