New data revealed by the Labour Party today shows that the average rent in Ealing now consumes fifty six percent of the average income. Cllr Julian Bell Ealing Council Labour Leader, said it shows the high price residents in Ealing are paying for London’s housing crisis.
The housing charity Shelter says that affordable rents should cost no more than thirty percent of income. Under David Cameron, house building has fallen to the lowest levels since 1924 and Boris Johnson has missed every single one of his own targets for building new affordable homes.
Ealing Labour has outlined plans to build 500 more council homes if re-elected in May.
Cllr Julian Bell Ealing Council Labour Leader, said:
It is simply unsustainable for residents to spend so much of their income on rent. It shows how much Ealing residents are suffering as a result of the Tory’s growing Housing Crisis. With rising transport and energy bills and the cost of living crisis, people’s disposable incomes are being eroded further.
Ed Milliband labour’s leader said:
There is a chronic shortage of affordable homes in Britain, and nowhere is this clearer than in London, it is also causing deep difficulty for employers, both in the public and private sector. Indeed, the CBI recently highlighted the cost and lack of suitable housing for skilled employees as the biggest threat to London’s position as one of the world’s greatest cities for business.
Sadiq Khan, Labour’s Shadow London Minister, said:
We desperately need the Government and the Mayor to get on and build more affordable homes. Labour is taking action locally to tackle rogue landlords and get house building going, but the Government’s complacency means rents across the London will likely continue to rise even further.