facing an overcrowding crisis thanks to a fall in the number
of family sized homes being built in the capital.
to a new report from the London Housing Federation, the proportion
of new homes in London with three or more bedrooms has almost
halved in the last ten years.
18 per cent of new homes built in the capital have three of
more bedrooms, compared to 35 per cent in 1996, forcing many
families to either live in cramped conditions or move out of
says there are almost 800,000 people, including at least 260,000
children, living in overcrowded homes in London, with black
and minority ethnic communities worst affected.
As a result
the London Housing Federation is calling on local councils
to ensure that new housing schemes include more family sized
It is also
urging the government to fund new affordable housing on the
basis of the number of people housed instead of the number
of homes built.
comes as the government has announced plans to put £19
million into a new scheme to tackle overcrowding in London.
will go towards funding loft extensions and converting unpopular
properties into family homes. It will also be used to help
single people downsize from larger homes, leaving these homes
free for the families who need them.
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