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London Councils statement: Pay To Stay

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.”