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Government meets London mayor over social rent homes

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The Government has met with London mayor Sadiq Khan to increase the amount of  housing for social rent being built in the capital.

The issue came to light in a discussion in the House of Lords yesterday.

In the discussion, lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, also a junior minister in the Department for Communities and Local Government, said: “We are discussing it frankly with the London mayor—indeed, we discussed it with him last week.

“I absolutely accept that more needs to be done, but there has been an increase in affordable housing starts. We are looking at the social housing programme, particularly in the larger cities, and particularly in London.

“In the meantime, we are increasing the number of houses being built.”

However, during the debate Liberal Democrat lord Shipley pointed out that only 1,102 houses for social rent were built in 2016-17.

Khan has become a trenchant supporter of more affordable housing in London generally.

Last month the London mayor said at least half of the new homes built on London public land will have to be affordable to benefit from faster planning permission.

Lord Bourne said the definition of ‘affordable’ housing is a property built at 80 per cent of market norms.

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