There used to be such board overseeing the needs assessment and provision of housing - now the board will look at how inadequate that provision is.
What is positive is that again the Mayor is resetting the priorities for housing by reestablishing the obvious connection with health. The basic truth that providing affordable and decent housing for all is not only the nice thing to do but it is socially and economically prudent.
It would appear that the current mayor is closer to origins of the Labour Party than many of those who claim the crown for themselves. Is Boris really a Socialist and only Tory because of his upbringing - or did those riotous days out wrecking peoples businesses and communities with his good pal the Prime Minister result in some sort of positive brain damage!