2008 Manifesto: Building a Better London

Please see below for a sample of several of the pledges in this section of the 2008 Manifesto. For the full list of pledges, please download the complete Progress Report.

Helping More Londoners to Afford Their Own Home

Publishing a ‘Fair Rents Guide’ for London

"I will publish an online ‘Fair Rents Guide’ for London."
Status Update: Delivered

Mayor Boris Johnson is a man of his word. He promised Londoners a fair rents guide and he delivered. The new, innovative London Rents Map now shows average private sector rents for different types of homes across London, ensuring greater transparency for renters. The site has attracted around 73,600 hits since it went live in December 2009 (link).

Amending the London Plan to increase the building of affordable family sized homes

"I will amend the London Plan to increase the building of affordable family sized homes."
Status Update: Delivered

Mayor Boris Johnson’s revised London Plan places greater emphasis on family-sized housing. 42 per cent of new social rented housing funded in the spending round (2008-11) was for family-sized homes as compared to 35 per cent in the previous spending round (2006 - 08) (link). London is currently producing more family-sized affordable homes than it has for a decade (link). The 2011 revised housing strategy includes a significant proportion of family-sized housing, with new homes designed to the Mayor’s larger space standards (link).

Delivering 50,000 new affordable homes

"I will work closely with borough councils to deliver 50,000 new affordable homes by 2011, replacing the 50:50 split with a unit target agreed with each borough council."
Status Update: Making progress

The target of 50,000 homes was not met by 2011 because of the toughest market conditions in years. However, Boris Johnson is on course to beat his target of 50,000 affordable completions by 2012 – a record for any mayoral term (link). Boris also scrapped the counter-productive 50 per cent target for affordable homes that he inherited from the old London Plan (link). Boris’s progress stands in stark contrast to Ken Livingstone’s 50 per cent target which delivered an average of just 32 per cent and frequently presented a barrier to growth and development (link).

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