Hackney has lost 380 council homes in the last year

Families on waiting lists for affordable council homes will have to hang on even longer as new figures show hundreds of social rented homes have been lost in Hackney London over the past year.

Hackney suffered a loss of 380 council homes and ten housing association homes; and London suffered a net loss of 3,620 council homes between 2016 and 2017, according to the Government’s annual update on housing stock for London. [1]

An analysis done by Sian Berry, Green Party London Assembly Member found that since 2014 Housing associations added 1,040 new homes and Hackney council lost 950 council homes through demolition and the right to buy, meaning just 90 homes have been added since 2014. Of the 1050 housing association homes, it is unclear how many are ‘social rented’ homes and how many are less affordable types of housing.

Samir Jeraj says:
“People desperately need more council homes. Families are spending months and even years waiting in hostels that are unfit to live in, or in rented housing that is so expensive it barely leaves them with enough to survive.

What these figures show is that we are going backwards and losing council homes. Hackney Council must work harder to defend the existing council housing stock, and ensure new developments are being built with social housing and not luxury housing.”

Data:

Year

Total social housing

Council homes

Housing Association homes

Year

Change total

Change Council

Change HA

2017

45,760

21,780

23,980

2017

-390

-380

-10

2016

46,150

22,160

23,990

2016

-30

-280

250

2015

46,180

22,440

23,740

2015

480

60

420

2014

45,700

22,380

23,320

2014

-420

-430

10

2013

46,120

22,810

23,310

2013

450

80

370

2012

45,670

22,730

22,940

2012

 

 

 


*Figures from the Government’s new annual statistics and live tables on dwelling stock in England, updated 24 May 2018

The London Assembly’s Budget and Performance Committee also heard on Tuesday of last week that a measure of social homes might become one of the key measures in assessing how well the Mayor’s Housing Strategy is succeeding. The Mayor of London’s Housing Strategy – published just this week – sets out policies and funding intended to increase council homes, and the Mayor has included ‘increasing the stock of social housing’ as a marker of success in bringing in his new housing policies. [2]

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Editors’ notes:
For more information please contact Hackney Green Party press officer, Heather Hampson, heather.hampson@gmail.com, 07912625506
Sian Berry is available for interview. Please contact Rachel Carlill on 0207 893 4964 or Rachel.Carlill@london.gov.uk

[1] Dwelling stock estimates 2017. MHCLG 24 May 2018 https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/dwelling-stock-estimates-in-england-2017 and Live tables on dwelling stock (including vacants), updated 24 May 2018 https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-
sets/live-tables-on-dwelling-stock-including-vacants

[2] The Mayor’s London Housing Strategy Implementation Plan, May 2018 https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/2018_lhs_implementation_plan_rev1.pdf

[3] Green Party former Assembly Member Darren Johnson found in 2016 that Hackney was due to
lose 915 social homes as part of developments that had already been granted permission:
https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/assembly/darren-johnson-past-staff/loss-of-social-housing-through-estate-regeneration
https://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/2016/02/12/hackney-lose-915-social-homes-estate-regeneration-disaster/