London housing associations to complete thousands of homes by March
- 19 Jan
London housing associations, those of which are participants in the 2011/15 programme, have to complete a total of 20,000 homes by the end of March.
According to the Greater London Authority (GLA), they must complete more than 12,000 homes in the next three months, or face paying back grant, Inside Housing reports.
However, around 8000 of these will not be completed until March, causing them to warn of ‘risk to delivery'.
The completion of the programme for the set deadline is a growing concern at City Hall. However, a spokesperson for Boris Johnson said he remained ‘confident' that the providers will deliver.
Labour has claimed that the mayor needs 16,800 homes built by March to reach his promise of 55,000 affordable homes, although it seems as though some houses may not be completed until the end of the year.
Tom Copley, housing spokesperson for Labour in the London Assembly, stated, ‘When he leaves office next year, Boris Johnson's chief legacy as mayor will be London's housing crisis.
‘It is simply not good enough that the mayor keeps missing key deadlines. London deserves better.'
Previously, Mr Johnson has stated that he is building more affordable homes in this year than any year since 1980 and mentioned that the manifesto promise was to complete 55,000 by the end of the calendar year.
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