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Council leader embraces Khan's housing plan

by Natalie Vincent Fri 25 May 2018, 4:47 pm

Waltham Forest Council is to build 525 council homes over the next four years, following a £26 million grant from mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, as part of his pledge to help London authorities build 10,000 council homes over the same period.

The Building Council Homes for Londoners programme will be dedicated to supporting council housing, with Khan using funds from the £1.67 billion secured from government in the spring statement to help support London’s councils to increase the rate of council homebuilding in the capital.

Khan struck the first deals under the initiative with Waltham Forest Council leader, Clare Coghill, and the new mayor of Lewisham, Damien Egan. Coghill said: "This money will give a massive boost to the number of council homes we can build, helping to reduce the thousands of people on our housing waiting list and achieve our priority of putting a decent roof over our residents' heads.

"Working with the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, we are doing all we can to reduce the effect the housing crisis has on families and individuals but we need the government to do more to help us build the homes that London so desperately needs."

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