In what is becoming a pleasing trend for the SHOUT campaign, the London Assembly has joined the list of local government organisations committing to provide homes that people can afford to live in. During the Assembly meeting on March 11th 2015, a motion was introduced by Darren Johnson AM and seconded by Andrew Dinsmore AM to support some of the key requests of the SHOUT campaign to affirm "the positive value and purpose of social rented housing".
The full text of the motion, which can be found in the notes on the London Assembly (Plenary) reads as follows:
The following motion has been proposed in the name of
Darren Johnson AM
and will be seconded by
Andrew Dismore AM:
“This Assembly believes that building social rented homes must be the core of the Mayor’s strategy to tackle London’s housing crisis.
This Assembly regrets that funding social rented housing has become increasingly marginalised in favour of the less affordable and less secure ‘affordable rent’ policy, and regrets that existing social rented homes are being lost due to conversions to affordable rent, sales through the revived right to buy and demolitions assisted by the Estate Regeneration Fund.
This Assembly therefore resolves to support the SHOUT (Social Housing Under Threat) campaign, taking a lead in affirming the positive value and purpose of social rented housing.
This Assembly also calls on the Mayor of London to publicly support the campaign, and to consider how the GLA can deliver a programme of new social rented homes.”
As with motions adopted by other Local Authorities, recently by the Green Party, and with MPs and political commentators from all parts of the political spectrum now beginning to discuss the viability and advantages of homes built for social rents, the SHOUT campaigners are pleased that this important part of the future provision of genuinely affordable homes is being considered once more.
We're still campaigning to bring other Local Authorities on and housing providers on board in the run-up to the General Election, and hope that the London Assembly passing this motion will add to the growing impetus for genuine investment in sustainable homes of the future, that people can afford to live in without breaking the Housing Benefit budget.