Fair Housing in London: Tackling London's housing emergency

By: Amy Wilkes, Stephanie Kleynhans, Reshima Sharma
Published: April 2021

Fair Housing in London: Tackling London’s housing emergency

London is at the epicentre of a national housing emergency, which has only worsened over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. From the families forced to spend lockdown in one room temporary accommodation, to the private renters who have lost income and have no recourse to public funds, Londoners across the city are struggling at the sharp end of a housing crisis which is spiralling out of control. This has been exacerbated by diminished council budgets, and many local authorities struggled to support everyone who needed their help even before the pandemic struck.

Tackling this deepening emergency will take action from national government, from local councils, and from London’s next Mayor. Political leaders at all levels must take urgent action to address the inequality which is rife in London’s housing system.

Shelter London is calling on every mayoral candidate to commit to a strategy which will finally put an end to London’s housing emergency.