LTF members have selected eight of their many regional policy positions to ask Mayoral and London Assembly Member candidates to sign up to. These are:
- AFFORDABLE HOUSING: Never use the generic term ‘affordable housing’. Always specify: social rented, affordable rent, intermediate rented or shared ownership.
- ESTATE REGENERATION: (i) Prioritise support for refurbishment rather than demolition of existing social rented homes (ii) require boroughs to carry out and publish detailed analysis of economic, social and environmental benefit or detriment in proposed demolition schemes (iii) lobby government to remove VAT on refurbishment to give a level playing field with development of new homes (iv) provide procedures for tenants to make a formal complaint to the Mayor where guidance on estate regeneration has not been adhered to.
- SOCIAL RENTED HOUSING: (i) Set / support a target for 50% of all homes to be social rented to meet evidenced need and (ii) set /support policy for public land to be used exclusively for delivery of social rented homes and required infrastructure.
- OVERCROWDED HOMES: Set / support targets for delivery of family sized homes to address London’s overcrowding, particularly in the social rented sector where 15% are living in overcrowded homes (double that outside London).
- OLDER PEOPLES’ HOUSING: Support older people having an additional room for a family member or carer to stay, especially if moving from an under-occupied home.
- ALLOCATION OF GRANT FUNDING: Only provide funding for delivery of new housing to social landlords that (i) maintain their existing homes to a good standard (ii) are not selling social rented homes to the private sector and (iii) who ensure democratic and accountable involvement of tenants and leaseholders in decision-making about their homes.
- RIGHT TO BUY: Support and lobby for the suspension of Right to Buy.
- LIFETIME NEIGHBOURHOODS: Reinstate this policy in the London Plan. Please refer to Chapter 4 of the London Tenants’ Manifesto for more information on Lifetime Neighbourhoods.