Whenever a question is asked about the provision of Social housing in London the answer is always about Affordable housing. For people on zero hours contracts and minimum wage Affordable housing is neither affordable nor, because of the eligibility rules, available. My perception is that confusion around the definitions of Affordable and Social housing is being used by the bodies responsible for housing in London to make it appear that they are helping the most vulnerable and deprived in our society while in reality only aiding the younger middle class get a foot on the property ladder.
In addition, questions have been raised, in the last few months, about the nature of links between local planning officers and property developers. Far too many planning applications get passed containing a social or affordable housing element which is then missing from the final build. The developers respond with 'Oops!' and receive a derisory fine. It smells. Bad.
A former London Mayor, Boris Johnson, claimed with his usual sensitive turn of phrase, that there would be no Kosovan style ethnic cleansing of poor people from London under his watch (interesting choice of terms suggesting that the poor are a different race to 'normal' citizens). But this is precisely what gained pace under his administration and shows no signs of abating under the current one.
This is very disappointing when we have a Mayor who often mentions his working class roots.( I notice that on leaving education he started his own business and so was an employer rather than an employee - hence his appeals to small business owners .All things to all men).