Londoners affected by the building crisis must receive additional support following a change in the mayor’s budget for the coming financial year.
On 26 January, members of the London Assembly adopted a formal amendment to the mayor’s budget proposal calling for the creation of a Building Safety Support Hub that will provide resources to tenants affected by the building crisis.
The amendment proposed by the Liberal Democratic Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon is the first amendment to a budget to be adopted by the London Assembly since 2013.
Ms Pidgeon said Sadiq Khan should now “make the proposals voted for by the London Assembly” or that he should “explain why he refuses to help”.
She said: “Too many Londoners live in fear for the safety of their building, while many tenants also face crippling bills.
“While the building security crisis needs to be resolved nationally, there is no reason why the mayor can not lend a helping hand to Londoners navigating the complex legal and economic challenges, as well as offering important mental health advice and support.”
The name, which will be available online and in person, will offer mental health support as well as practical legal and financial advice.
The proposal adopted by the London Assembly would be funded for three years and cost £ 120,000 in the first year and £ 40,000 in the following two years. The money would be deducted from City Hall’s reserves for business prices.
Green Party member Zack Polanski, who supported the proposal, said the proposed hub “is a way to really support Londoners who – without their own fault – have found themselves in an impossible situation due to the building security crisis” .
He said: “The government could and should do more, but it is right of us to pressure the mayor to use his budget and powers to support the people of London in dealing with building security issues.
“It simply can not be right for the people who live in housing to take responsibility for the mistakes of those who built them, or even sold them to them.”
The final budget of the Mayor of London will be reviewed by the London Assembly and approved, with or without further amendments, at a meeting on 24 February.