Third of Londoners fear having to move due to housing costs

One in three Londoners fears having to move out of their local area because of the high cost of housing.

One in three Londoners fears having to move out of their local area because of the high cost of housing.

According to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), 34 per cent of people living in Greater London agreed that they might have to leave their local area in the future because of the high cost of housing.

This compared with 20 per cent for the UK as a whole.

The survey also found that 68 per cent of Londoners believed it would be harder for them to buy or rent a home than it was for their parents’ generation when they were the same age. And three quarters (76 per cent) believed it would be harder for the children of today to buy or rent a home than it was for them.

Londoners were also more unhappy with their homes than the average person in the UK. 18 per cent said they were very or fairly dissatisfied with their home, compared with 12 per cent across Britain as a whole.

Commenting on the figures, Labour group housing spokesperson Tom Copley said London was in danger of losing its “distinctive character”:

“These figures come as no surprise and are a sad indictment of Boris Johnson’s six year failure on housing as Mayor of London,” he said.

“With so many people feeling that they cannot remain in their local area, we are in danger of inner London losing its distinctive character and becoming the reserve of a wealthy elite. It is striking that almost half of all respondents in this survey wanted more homes being built in their local area, but that under this Mayor we are only building a third of the 62,000 new homes we need in London each year to keep pace with our booming population.”

3 Responses to “Third of Londoners fear having to move due to housing costs”

  1. Dave Roberts

    So where does Boris actually build these houses and ow many did Labour build between 97 and 2010?

  2. sarntcrip

    MUCH AS I WOULD PREFER A LABOUR GOVERNMENT, THEIR IDEA TO PUT HOUSING BENEFIT UNDER THE SOLE CONTROL OF LOCAL COUnCILS WOULD BE CATASTROPHIC, THE TORIES PUT COUNCIL TAX SOLELY IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHARGE AND THEY’VE ALL BUT SCRAPPED COUNCIL TAX BENeFIT LEADING TO WELL 1005 increase in ct for the vulnerable especially disabled people leading to debt and evictions the ame move would be a cataclysmic disaster unless very stringent safeguards were put in place labour must not out nasty the nasty party

  3. Leon Wolfeson

    Inner? Try outer…

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