Housing associations join drive to increase delivery of affordable homes

Chief executives of housing associations met today at City Hall as part of a drive by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to strengthen confidence in the capital’s housing industry and deliver a step change in the number of genuinely affordable homes built in London.

The meeting, convened by James Murray, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, was attended by representatives of the G15 – the organisation that represents London’s 15 largest housing associations – together with a number of small housing associations.

They discussed their shared ambition for a more strategic and longer-term relationship between London’s developing housing associations and the new administration at City Hall, to help increase the level of home-building in the capital, particularly in the challenging aftermath of the recent European Union referendum result.

James Murray, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, said:

“We are determined to build more new and affordable homes in London, and housing associations have an essential role to play in making this happen. Since the election, we have been working closely with housing associations across London to develop a more strategic relationship where City Hall can support them to build more new and genuinely affordable homes.

“Our shared commitment to doing this has become even more important since the EU vote, and our message today is that we will do all we can to give housing associations the support and certainty they need.”

Paul Hackett, Deputy Chair of the G15 and Chief Executive of Amicus Horizon Housing Association, said:

“We have an ambition to deliver new homes and we very much welcome the Mayor’s commitment to building a long term strategic partnership with housing associations. There is clearly nervousness in the market following the EU referendum, so now is the time to forge a new strategic partnership to build homes for Londoners. We are delighted the Mayor has acted quickly to demonstrate his commitment to helping London’s housing associations to carry on building.

“Housing associations are long term investors and with support from the GLA and central government, we are almost uniquely placed to carry on building. We need central government, the boroughs and the private sector to work with the GLA and housing associations to deliver the homes London needs.”