Sadiq Khan has challenged the government to follow his lead on building council houses after claiming London has built more than double the amount of council homes started in the rest of England.
The London Mayor revealed City Hall has funded 10,000 new council house starts across the English capital in 2022/23. That works out at more than double the 4,325 council house starts across the rest of England in 2021/22 – the last time official figures were available.
Khan set a target of building 10,000 council homes in four years back in 2018. He hit that figure by March 2022 and pledged to double it by 2024, but he now claims to have reached that figure a year early with 23,000 council homes started across London over the last five years.
“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,” said Khan, who added that growing up in a council house in Tooting gave him “the best possible start in life”.
“The fact that the 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.”
Social housing stock has fallen in recent decades due to a lack of building and the loss of homes through the Right to Buy scheme which were then not replaced.