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Is Labour seeking to punish London for backing Boris?

(Previously posted in error on the "old" ToryDiary)

DSC05269 A story appears in tonight's Evening Standard - though not currently online - that London is to lose out to the tune of more than £200 million when it comes to the Government's spending on housebuilding:

"Although on paper London benefits from £207 million earmarked for the homes plan, City Hall has now dug down into the figures and unearthed what it says are cuts of £205.5 million. That means a net benefit of just £1.5 million"

London Mayor Boris Johnson has wasted no time in criticising the Government - John Healey, the housing minister in particular - and, according to the paper, has complained that London is "losing out to Labour-voting regions in the North - even though it had greater need."

The report states that the same budget for the North East will double, even though it has just 300 households in temporary accommodation - whilst London - which has 48,000 such households - will see its share of the money fall.

Jonathan Isaby


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