I asked Housing Minister Grant Shapps MP whether he would accept that, in an area such as Lewisham, which has below-average levels of income, a lot of unemployment and very high house prices, finding a deposit of £10,000 is absolutely impossible. I also asked him to clarify what time frame would he put on housing the 17,000-plus families currently on the borough’s housing list into affordable and decent homes.
My advice surgeries are full of desperate people who will never have a chance to purchase a house, but are hard-working rent payers. They are frequently severely overcrowded and in need of better accommodation. Building to rent is the only answer in London, yet the Government has forced housing associations to cut their plans to build affordable homes.
My question and Mr Shapps’ response can be read in full in the House of Commons Hansard here.