Rationalisation of stock between housing associations is a good thing but the question about Notting Hill is how will they use the money? Their failure to build social rented housing is legendary and they have embraced unaffordable 'affordable rent' with enthusiasm. As they have lost interest in their reason for exisitng - housing London's poor - what is the point in them exisiting now?
Comment on: Constructing a cure
When Ken became Mayor in 2000, he had no housing powers and no housing money. When he left he had strong housing planning powers, responsibility for housing strategy, and control over London's biggest ever housing investment programme. Johnson has thrown it all away. After Ken's programme came to an end in 2010/11 Johnson had nothing new, and managed just 56 affordable housing starts in the first 6 months of 2011/12. 56!!!! Can you imagine how few that is in a city where housing starts should get counted in their tens of thousands. We should kick him out for his housing record alone.
Comment on: Homeless could benefit from NHS reform
Reform of the NHS is an 'opportunity'?
This is a joke, right? Looked carefully to see if it was still April 1.
Just who are Homeless Link kidding. NHS reform will lead to services being more fragmented, controlled by GPs with local interests, and the only strategic bodies have been abolished. The chances of homelesspeople getting any benefit out of this are zero.
Who is in charge of Homeless Link since Jenny Edwards left?Can't imagine her saying something as daft as this.
Comment on: Mayoral candidates clash over affordable homes
56 is the crucial figure - the number of affordable homes started by Boris Johnson in the first 6 months of this year - the last figures available.
Ken Livingstone achieved thousands every year, and the figure was going up every year.
56 is the smallest number ever. Boris Johnson just makes it up and because he has lots of friends in the media he gets away with it.
Every home he claims to have built since 2008 was the programme and funding he inherited from ken Livingstone and Gordon Brown. When that money ran out, what has he achieved - well 56 is the answer!
What a waste of space he is - and its desperate Londoners looking for a home who pay the price.
Comment on: Boris 'would welcome' dog track on L&Q land
So much for the Tories' determination to get more homes built. NIMBYs win again. Typical Boris Johnson. Anything to get a few votes.
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Posted in: John Redwood - on social housing
'The aim of housing policy should be to offer more people the choice and security which ownership brings.' Same old Tories, never let the facts or events get in the way of a good bit of ideology.