Released on 31 January 2014
As polling, published today on London Councils’ website, shows that housing is the number one issue for Londoners, key figures will debate how London can build the 800,000 homes it needs by 2021 at an event in Westminster next week.
82 per cent of Londoners agree with the statement that there is a housing crisis – with 64 per cent strongly agreeing. The poll also reveals that:
The figures show Londoners back calls from London Councils to devolve more powers from the Treasury to London – for instance, lifting artificial rules preventing councils sensibly investing in new housing. London retains only seven per cent of the tax it generates, compared to 50 per cent in New York.
Businesses have warned that the lack of affordable housing will also impact on growth and London’s future status as a global city. As well as easing the housing crisis, building homes creates jobs and growth: every £1 invested generates £2.84 (3).
Sir Steve Bullock, London Councils’ Executive Member for Housing, said: “This polling shows that affordable housing is everybody’s problem – the housing crisis is bad for individuals, bad for families and bad for businesses. London’s future is on the line.”
“Housing impacts on education, social care and business growth and Londoners want leadership.”
“I look forward to discussing this in more detail at our event next week with Alan Johnson, Bob Neill and Tony Pidgley.”
Notes to editors
1. The speakers at the event are:
The event is open to all and takes place on Wednesday 5 February from 6.30pm. Potential attendees can sign-up here: http://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/events/event.htm?pk=1169
2. Ipsos MORI polled a total of 1,000 adults aged 18+ across London’s boroughs by telephone between 18 and 29 October 2013 on behalf of London Councils. Data has been weighted to the known London population profile. The full breakdown is available here: http://www.ipsos-mori.com/Assets/Docs/Polls/13-077264-01_London_Councils_weighted_tabs_social_care_Final_PUBLIC.pdf