Published On: Wed, Aug 21st, 2019

Sadiq Khan has no idea if his left-wing housing policy works – leaked email exposes flaws | UK | News

Emails and messages show exchanges between Mr Khan’s Greater London Authority staff that display their doubts on his radical rent control push. Freedom of Information requests also show that shockingly nobody has done an impact assessment on the policy. According to The Sun, Deputy Mayor for Housing James Murray received an email that read: “As you know, we haven’t actually done any impact assessment of how the Mayor’s proposals will improve things.

“For the London Model it’s hard to quantify the benefits as we can’t say how much average tenancy lengths may increase, for example.

“Because we don’t have an actual model, we can’t really show what the Mayor’s proposals would do to rents.”

The email was sent a month before Mr Khan unveiled the policy that relies solely on the Government giving him powers to cap rents in London in a bid to ease the strain on the housing crisis.

His team insist if he actually does get the powers, which would subsequently punish landlords by dramatically reducing the amount they receive from tenants, an assessment will take place.

Additional emails to Mr Murray show that “rent controls alone cannot be used to reduce rents to an affordable level”, implying more measures are required.

Another read that “we simply do not have time to do proper modelling of the different scenarios before the report is due to be published”.

Tory mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey said: “Rent controls don’t work, have never worked and will never work.

“They would take a bad London housing and rental market situation and make it worse.

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This was stopped by late former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s.

Mr Khan’s spokesman said: “Whatever the opponents of rent control say, renters in London need to know one simple fact: Sadiq wants to bring their rents down, and he wants the Government to give him the power to do so.”

Mr Khan’s policy is not the first among many radical ones put forward by the Labour Party.

Leader Jeremy Corbyn’s manifesto pledged to scrap tuition fees, introduce more state ownership of energy and renationalise the railways should they win a general election.

Recently, the party pledged to stop Brexit, despite 52 percent of the nation voting for it.

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