The Greater London Authority have released the newest monitoring report looking at services and housing being built across the capital.
It’s a chunky old document weighing in at over 150 pages and the housing figures are way behind goals. A target number of 17,000 net affordable new homes was missed by a long, long way. Only 4,703 affordable homes were completed.
That was out of 32,000 homes built – meaning affordable homes comprised just 15 per cent of the total. The figures are so poor in the report I suspected a typo at first.
This wasn’t a one-off however. Between 2015/16 and 2017/18 “affordable housing
output averaged 17 per cent of total provision”.
As for overall homes, 32,000 were built last year against a target of 42,000 to keep up with London’s growing population and demographic changes.
Despite being below target the three-year average on housing starts fell again for the second year in a row. It’s unlikely targets for either total homes built or affordable homes will be anywhere near met without a substantial increase in public sector involvement in housing.
In other areas twice as much industrial land was lost against targets. 73 hectares versus 36.7 in the London Plan target.
In terms of transport, road traffic saw a slight increase against a target of no growth. Traffic levels were at the highest since at least 2011.
Employment is covered in a bizarre way by placing all BAME groups into one pot and all those from a white background into another. An extremely limiting way of doing things as we know there’s vast differences in educational attainment and employment within both BAME groups and within the white population.
For example, according to the ONS, within the Asian population across the UK people from an Indian ethnic group background had “the highest hourly pay on average earning £13.14, while people from the Pakistani/Bangladeshi ethnic groups earned the lowest, at £9.52 on average”.
Within the white population there is a vast gulf between white working class and white middle class both with wages and exam grades. White working class and Black Carribbean have some of the lowest GCSE grades of all groups. Black African achieve far better grades than Black Caribbean for example, and white middle class are near the top along with those from Indian and Chinese backgrounds.
Lumping all white together and all BAME together is limiting and far from useful. It hides problems within certain groups.
For a 150 page report such limited analysis doesn’t tell us much.
I’ll write follow-up posts breaking down the data by borough in coming days.