In a bid to overcome the housing crisis and the looming cost-of-living crisis, Westminster City Council have announced a ‘revolution in social housing’.
Councillor Adam Hug, the new leader of the city council, has promised to tackle the housing crisis by increasing the number of affordable and social houses that are being built in Westminster. This will drastically reduce the number of people on the already 4,000-strong waiting list, as well as helping contribute to the eradication of overcrowding.
As local governments look to fine tune their plans to ‘level up’, as per the UK Government’s Levelling Up White Paper, Westminster City Council have also announced other projects that will aim to meet this target. Help for foodbanks, retrofitting of houses to cut bills, an urgent review of the proposed redesign of Oxford Street and a commitment to deliver a Green New Deal for Westminster were all among the main points announced by Cllr Hug
Councillor Hug said:
“Our incoming Labour administration is committed to governing for the whole of Westminster and putting the priorities of our residents first, but for too long many parts of our city have been overlook by those in power. We are committed to tackling the massive inequality that has existed for too long in Westminster.
Housing is a crisis across London, but it is particularly acute in Westminster. For decades the Council has not invested enough in the social housing that it desperately needs to tackle overcrowding and homelessness. We will take action too to support private renters who are facing spiralling rents and too aften are not being treated fairly. We want to give new opportunities for families to build a life in our city.”
Council tax has also been frozen for the 2023/2024 year as the council look to help their residents through the cost-of-living crisis that is only likely to get worse.