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CHARITY WELCOMES LONDON MAYOR'S PLAN FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING

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New affordable homes to be built as part of the London Plan* were strongly welcomed today by the campaigning charit...
New affordable homes to be built as part of the London Plan* were strongly welcomed today by the campaigning charity Shelter. Shelter is calling on the government to tackle the housing crisis by committing more investment to affordable housing in its forthcoming spending review.

Alastair Jackson, Shelter's director of policy, said: 'We are delighted that the mayor's Plan acknowledges the need for more affordable housing. Government figures released this week show record numbers of homeless households in temporary accommodation and it is essential that the London Plan provides the homes needed to tackle this.

'Shelter strongly welcomes the target that 50 percent of homes built should be affordable, and the estimated 10,000 affordable homes that this will deliver. It is vital that these homes are built. The government must provide the subsidy needed to make this happen.

'However, the Plan acknowledges that even this is not enough to meet future housing need that the GLA calculates to be 25,700 additional, affordable homes each year. This figure shows the extent of the housing crisis and the need to find creative solutions to address this.'

* see LGCnetfor details.

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