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London Tenants challenge Mayor to scrap London Affordable Rent and use government grants for social rent

THE London Tenants Federation (LTF) challenged Mayor Sadiq Khan to scrap the so-called London Affordable Rent yesterday and use government grants to pay for new social housing instead.

Mr Khan recently urged the government to provide a £5 billion investment package to “increase the supply of new social homes.”

But the LTF claims that this is a reference to London Affordable Rent housing, priced in line with the mayor’s non-binding target for affordability, which is much more expensive to live in than council properties.

The 2018-19 benchmark London Affordable Rent for a bedsit was £150 — £44 per week higher than the average London council rent. 

It was also higher than the average London housing association rent for that year by £21 per week.

LTF representative Pat Turnbull said: “This is a considerably higher cost for low-income households, particularly when 40 per cent of existing social housing tenants nationally already have incomes in the lowest 20 per cent.

“With the housing sector reeling from Covid-19, and tenants of all tenures struggling to meet rental payments, let’s please end this patronising game of smoke and mirrors around ‘affordability’.”

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