Southwark Labour misses its council homebuilding promise

After the 2014 local elections, Southwark's Labour-run council promised they would build 1,500 new council homes by the end of 2018. Now Councillor Mark Williams, lead for regeneration and new homes, has admitted "we will not be meeting this target".

Peter_Baffoe_housing.jpgOnly 400 new homes will have been built - less than one-third of the local Labour promise. Southwark Labour's 2014 manifesto had promised 11,000 new homes, but it didn't say how long they would need to meet this pledge. It has since emerged that the Labour-dominated Council's official homebuilding targets stretch to the year 2043 - 25 years away from now.

Peter_Baffoe_housing.jpgNorth Walworth Green activist Peter Baffoe said: "The many local residents who are waiting for council housing often have no choice but to be living in really sub-standard private rented accommodation, that's often also shockingly overpriced. In my job as a community development worker, I regularly see the desperate local need for many more council homes.

"We also need to see more action from Southwark Council and the Mayor of London on regulating quality in the private rented market."

Green member of the London Assembly Sian Berry is working to provide more protection for private renters. See

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  • Peter Baffoe
    published this page in News and Views 2018-03-03 17:48:38 +0000