Mayor accused of double counting housing stats
Labour’s London Assembly member for housing has accused the mayor’s office of double counting affordable housing figures.
Nicky Gavron has written to the mayor’s housing advisor, Richard Blakeway, claiming he counted 16,000 affordable homes twice in an article for the Guardian newspaper.
In the article Mr Blakeway wrote ‘around 54,000 completions’ are expected by 2015, and also said the mayor is on track to meet his target of delivering 50,000 affordable homes by 2012. Ms Gavron said 16,000 homes are included in both figures.
In the letter to Mr Blakeway she writes: ‘I am extremely concerned at the way the mayor’s office has apparently double counted this information. At best it is a lazy, yet very important, error. At worst you have blatantly misled Londoners on your housing delivery.’
A spokesperson for the mayor said: ‘We have always sought to distinguish between the 2008-11 and the 2011-15 investment rounds and we’ve always been clear that the programme for the new investment round would include existing commitments.
‘Tables that outline these figures and that show how the delivery of affordable housing has increased under this mayor are freely available in the revised housing strategy for London.’