Livingstone reveals manifesto for London
Ken Livingstone has launched his manifesto for London with a pledge to re-establish a development target with an ‘expectation’ that half of all homes built in the capital will be affordable.
Mr Livingstone, the Labour candidate for the Mayor of London, revealed today that he would again put in place the target while also ensuring that one third of new homes would be for social rent.
Boris Johnson, the Conservative candidate, got rid of the 50 per cent target after becoming mayor in 2008.
In his manifesto, Mr Livingstone said: ‘No borough should be able to get away with failing to build affordable homes for its residents. I will again expect 50 per cent of homes built in London to be affordable and will move as rapidly as possible towards ensuring that at least one third of new homes are for social rent. I will also set an ambitious target for family homes.’
Mr Livingstone also committed himself to creating a ‘land bank’ for the construction of new homes from which he would release Greater London Authority land to housing associations and developers on a long term equity share basis.
Other pledges in the manifesto include campaigning against cuts to housing benefit, the blocking of developments which lose social homes without replacements which meet local housing needs and to support local authorities which want to build new council homes.
Mr Livingstone has also highlighted the private-rented sector and has said he will campaign for a ‘London living rent’, push for a mandatory landlord registration scheme and establish a pan-London non-profit making lettings agency to help reduce rents by cutting out estate agents.
Mr Livingstone said: ‘My manifesto today has at its core key pledges that will make Londoners better off by £1,000 or more, through their fares, household energy bills, rents, education maintenance allowance and childcare costs.’