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City Hall funded 1,157 council homes across Ealing as part of 23,000 London council homes started by Mayor

New data released has shown that more than 23,000 City Hall-funded council homes have been started since 2018 with Ealing representing 1,157 of them.

In March 2022, The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan set a target of 20,000 council homes by 2024. Across London, more council homes started last year (2022/23) than any year since the 1970s, City Hall said.

Across the London Borough of Ealing the numbers are:

2022-23 2021-22 2020-21 2019-20 2018 (Sept) -2019 Total
679 273 75 94 36 1,157

 

The number of Mayor built council homes are only with City Hall funds, London councils including Ealing have built additional homes with their own funds.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan commented: “Growing up in Tooting, a council house gave me the very best possible start in life. There’s no quick fix to London’s current housing crisis, but I’m hugely proud at the progress we’re making delivering a new era in council homebuilding in the capital.”

He added: “We’ve hit our ambitious target early, with more than 23,000 City-Hall funded council homes started since 2018. This is the highest number since the 1970s, and a key part of my plans to build a better, fairer London for everyone.

“The fact that latest available figures show that only 4,325 council homes were started over a year in the rest of England is a national scandal. Council house building has essentially come to a halt, which is why I’m calling on ministers to urgently set up a new Government fund exclusively committed to funding new council homes across the country.”

Commenting on the number of homes built across the capital, Councillor Darren Rodwell, London Councils’ executive member for regeneration, housing & planning said: “Boroughs are proud to be building the next generation of council homes across the capital. We want to give more Londoners the opportunity to live in affordable, high-quality homes – and increasing the supply of council housing is vital to achieving that.”

Councillor Rodwell added: “London’s housing pressures remain immense. Although we’re pleased with the progress being made, we remain absolutely determined to keep driving up delivery and building the homes our communities are crying out for.”

In 2019, at Copley in Hanwell which was funded by City Hall and saw a visit from the Mayor of London, Council leader Councillor Peter Mason, then Ealing Council’s lead member for housing, planning and transformation said: “Ealing’s council homebuilding plans are the biggest in London, reflecting the growing demand for safe, fit for purpose homes that are within our residents’ means. The work we’re doing will ensure that more people will be able to access the homes they need to thrive, but it’s vital that we work in partnership with our residents, rather than dictating to them.”

He added: “Our estates and homes wouldn’t be anything without the people and families who live in them. Rather than telling residents what they want, we’ve put them at the heart of our decision-making process.”

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, added at the time: “I’m really pleased to visit Ealing – a fantastic council which is building homes for their residents. What we saw today demonstrates that with the right leadership, it is possible to build the genuinely affordable homes that local people so desperately need. This is a great example of a council working with its residents in order to build the type and quality of housing they want. I was delighted to hand Ealing residents the keys to their new homes today.”

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