Plans to give key workers the pick of houses as a thank you for their “heroic” work during the Covid-19 pandemic are moving a step forward as Sadiq Khan launches a consultation on the idea.
The London Mayor is asking citizens to give their thoughts on intermediary housing – affordable housing targeted at people unlikely to access homes at social rent levels or unable to rent or buy on the open market.
And chief among the ideas to tackle the housing crisis in the English capital is the proposed creation of a new key worker list to give nurses, police officers and teachers the chance to find buy or rent homes below market rates.
Housing costs have driven far too many Londoners away from our great city, robbing us of their skills and expertise
Salaries for occupations traditionally defined as ‘key workers’, including education, health care and emergency services, are often around between £25,000 and £45,000 in London. This means many are eligible for shared ownership homes (having a household income of up to £90,000 per annum) or intermediate rented homes (having a household income of up to £60,000 per annum).
Khan is looking to clear up the criteria to determine who can access intermediary housing to understand how best to include key workers and wants to hear from Londoners on which occupations should be featured in the list.
The consultation also looks at how affordability can be improved, what more can be done to support delivery of new homes and how the transparency and consistency of allocation of these homes can be increased across London.