Currently there are over 2,200 families on the waiting list for Kensington and Chelsea social housing. Which compared to the 11,000 houses currently available, presents a huge issue for councils finding the families accommodation. The council has already spent its entire reserves of £230m on new housing for the Grenfell tower survivors, whom all fall into their borough.
MP Emma Dent Code wrote a report on the borough after the fatal Grenfell fire describing the area as a place where ‘inequality has become a gross spectacle… where childhood poverty, overcrowding and homelessness live cheek by jowl wit opulent second homes, palatial apartments for the mega rich and vast outflows of rent to corporate landlords’.
A new provision proposed says that at least 35% of any building project in Kensington and Chelsea should comprise of ‘’truly affordable housing’. Private development companies that dispute this will have to open their books to provide evidence as to why the provision is no t possible. This will include disclosing their profits and losses.
Another proposed provision under discussion is taking control of vacant properties within the boroughs to use them for social housing.