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LONDON'S DILEMMA OVER AFFORDABLE HOUSING CONTINUES

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London needs to focus on key priorities if it is going to cope with increased demand for housing and provide afford...
London needs to focus on key priorities if it is going to cope with increased demand for housing and provide affordable homes for the less well-off.

The London Housing Statement 2002, published jointly by the Government Office for London and the Housing Corporation, called for an increase in the supply of affordable housing and the development of the private rented sector.

It said poverty needed to be tackled by reducing homelessness, bringing social housing up to decent standards and promoting regeneration.

Housing minister Jeff Rooker said: 'London is a city of wealth and opportunity,

but many Londoners cannot share in this because they are unable to find decent homes they can afford to buy or rent.'

He added that these problems could not be tackled overnight, but 'by working closely with a wide range of partners' real progress could be made.

The statement revealed that the demand for housing has been growing at an alarming rate. London's population is projected to top eight million over the next 15 years. At the moment nearly 32,000 new homes are needed each year - 25,000 of which should be affordable.

The report found too many people were living in areas of high poverty. The numbers of homeless have been rising over the

last three years and a disproportionate number of these - 52% -come from ethnic minorities.

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