When we speak to local residents in Hammersmith and Fulham the biggest issue that comes up is housing. Many people voted Labour at the last council elections in 2014 because they wanted more affordable housing.
So what has been Labour’s record?
The Mayor of London provides the statistics.
For 2014/15, the first year of Labour’s administration, the figure was 168 for “affordable completions” – 61 affordable rent, 27 social rent, 80 affordable home ownership. So slightly down in Labour’s first year.
For 2015/16 the figure was just 86 – 20 affordable rent, 48 social rent, 18 affordable home ownership.
At first, the Council refused to provide us with the figures for 2016/17, apparently because it would be ‘prejudicial to the council’ to provide it. With the council elections just months away some may suspect political pressure to suppress inconvenient truths being allowed into the public domain. And no wonder – there were only 10 affordable completions last year. That’s right. Just ten. Four for affordable rent, and six for affordable home ownership.
For the last financial year (the seven months up to the end of October) the figure isn’t much better - only 42 – all for affordable rent.
That means only 306 new affordable homes have been built under this Labour administration. Given that Labour was elected on a promise to increase the supply of affordable housing that is an astonishing betrayal.
Over the same period, the Conservative-run Wandsworth has seen 1,195 affordable homes completed, and Barnet has seen 943.
The figures provided by the Mayor of London go back to 2008/09, covering six Conservative years in Hammersmith and Fulham. We saw a total of 1,162 affordable completions: an average of 184 a year. Labour’s annual average is 87.
The Labour record on affordable housing in our borough is a stark failure. This housing shortage is squeezing living standards and fuelling poverty in Hammersmith and Fulham. Local residents deserve better.
Hammersmith and Fulham Conservatives will build more affordable homes for all.
- We will build more social rented housing to protect the most vulnerable and tackle London’s rising homelessness.
- We will build more homes for market and intermediate rent, offered to people with a household income of less than £90,000 on a three-year fixed contract, with rents capped in line with inflation.
- And we will build more shared ownership homes and homes that can be bought at a discount on the open market.
We need a new deal on housing for people in Hammersmith and Fulham.