Responding to the Government's decision to scrap Pay To Stay proposals, Mayor Sir Steve Bullock, London Councils' executive member for housing, said:
“London Councils welcomes the scrapping of the Pay To Stay proposals, which would have penalised many lower earners; there are approximately 790,000 households living in social rented properties in London. We estimated about 28,000 of these would have been affected and faced huge levels of uncertainty as a result of this the legislation.
“Many social housing tenants in the capital live in thriving economic communities undertaking a range of different jobs at different incomes – part of what makes London’s economy function effectively. Pay To Stay would have impacted heavily on boroughs’ ability to maintain mixed communities if people were forced to move as a result of the increase in their rent.
“Scrapping these proposals mean boroughs will be able to direct resources towards meeting housing need rather than implementing an admin-heavy new scheme.”