London Mayor fights back door raid on housing budget

In particular, north east England sees its share of the budget double, when it only has 300 households living in temporary accommodation, compared to 48,000 households in London.

In a letter to John Healey, Minister of State for Communities and Local Government, Johnson expressed concern that the funding being diverted to other regions was largely being paid for by raiding budgets set aside to upgrade more than 100,000 of London’s poorest quality social homes.

The Government is reneging on promises to around a quarter of a million of London’s poorest tenants by delaying improvement to their homes.

Johnson said he was committed to making good these broken promises and had instructed the London Homes and Communities Agency to ensure funding was made available, over the next year, so that these properties could be improved to meet national minimum standards.

He said: "As Mayor, it is my job to defend the capital’s budgets and the city’s poorest. I am looking at how I can use my powers to win back London’s rightful share of new housing funds, and reverse those decisions that condemn many of London’s poorest families to live in unacceptably poor conditions.

"If the Government will not live up to commitments made to council tenants, then I will guarantee Londoners that I will make up for these broken promises by reversing the Government’s decision and ensuring this funding gap is filled."

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