Brent and Harrow
5 May 2016 Vote for
Sadiq Khan Mayor of London
Navin Shah GLA Brent & Harrow
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Government’s social housing sell off will leave Brent and Harrow families “with nowhere to turn”

Government plans to sell off social housing across London could see families in Brent and Harrow less likely to find a home they can afford.  London Assembly Member Navin Shah AM said the plans to extend Right to Buy to cover housing association properties would “leave

5,102 families in Brent and 687 of families in Harrow on housing waiting lists with nowhere to turn” as councils’ social housing stock is sold off.

Analysis from the National Housing Federation (NHF) shows that over 23,000 social rented homes across London could be sold if Right to Buy, which allows council tenants to buy their home, is extended to housing association properties. The estimate is based on the number of London households who would be both eligible and able to afford the necessary mortgage to buy their home under the new proposals. 

I have warned the sale of more social housing would leave the 687 families on Harrow council and 5,102 on Brent council's housing waiting lists even less likely to ever find a home they could afford.

I have called for the Mayor of London to commission an assessment of the London impact of the government’s Right to Buy proposals.

Government should support both home ownership and measures to increase the supply of social housing, we won’t solve London’s housing crisis by sacrificing one in pursuit of the other.

There’s no escaping that selling off housing association properties at big discounts would worsen the housing crisis and leave a number of local families with nowhere to turn. It’s already hard enough for families in Harrow to get a home without selling off some of the most affordable in the borough.

The Mayor needs to seriously consider the impact of this policy on Londoners. With many families on housing waiting lists, people in Brent and Harrow want to know whether or not Boris Johnson will stand up and fight attempts to decimate our social housing stock.

 

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-       The National Housing Federation analysis of the impact of extending Right to Buy to housing association properties is available here.

-       There are currently 687 families on council home waiting lists in Harrow.

-        There are currently 5,102 families on council home waiting lists in Brent.