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England | Deputy Mayor brings together London housing sector to plan recovery

A taskforce to deal with Coronavirus Housing Crisis

London, 29 April 2020 | Covid-19

London Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, Tom Copley set up a taskforce to deal with the effects of the Coronavirus Housing Crisis. The National Housing Federation (NHF), a member of Housing Europe, joins the work.

The Group is supposed to speak with one voice to influence Government and ensure best possible outcomes for London. With millions of low paid renters in London now facing increased financial uncertainty the Mayor has also warned of a ‘ticking timebomb’ of debt, arrears and widespread evictions over the coming months. He has called on the Government to immediately implement his ‘Triple Lock’ protection for private renters by increasing welfare support, ending ‘no fault’ evictions and stopping tenants who fall into arrears due to Covid-19 being evicted. 

Taskforce member and Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation Kate Henderson said:

"I'm delighted to be part of this task force, working to ensure vital housebuilding work restarts as quickly as possible in London. The disruption caused by coronavirus means that tackling the housing crisis will be a bigger challenge than ever before. As more and more people struggle to afford a decent, secure place to live, building much needed social housing will be vital in supporting our communities and the economy to recover."

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