Westminster Council has failed to fulfil the pledge made in 2009 to re-house 1,000 overcrowded households between 2009/10 and 2013/14.
According to Council figures, in April 2010 there were1, 335 Westminster overcrowded Council tenants waiting to be re-housed. By January 2014 the figure was 1,035 overcrowded families in Council accommodation – just 300 less than four years earlier.
In July 2009, the Council’s Overcrowding Task Group & Health Inequality reported;
Tackling overcrowding is a key priority in the” Tackling Health Inequalities Strategy Westminster “with the City Council pledged to re-house 1,000 overcrowded households between 2009/10 and 2013/14. The Westminster Local Area Agreement 2008-11 Reflects The Importance Given to tackling overcrowding with the inclusion of two targets, one based on the increase increasing supply of affordable units and the other measuring the number of interventions to overcrowded households.
The report further highlights the areas of poor health affected by overcrowding: spread of infectious diseases, respiratory conditions in children; common mental health disorders, accidents around the home; tuberculosis for adults.
Councillor Guthrie McKie, Labour’s Housing spokesperson, said;
Once again Westminster Conservatives have over-promised and under-delivered on housing matters. Hundreds of Local families are living in overcrowded conditions because of the Council’s failure to build more social housing and to make developers Provide on-site social housing on new building projects across Westminster.
There is over £100 million in the Housing Revenue Account that could be used to build more social housing for families in need. At the same time, developers are lining up to build luxury homes all over Westminster and the Council should insist at least 30% should be available at social rents