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PRESS RELEASE

From the Office of the Mayor of Tower Hamlets ‬

‪For immediate release – 9th September 2013  ‬

‪TOWER HAMLETS MAYOR PREPARES LEGAL CHALLENGE OVER BORIS’ UNAFFORDABLE RENTS

‘BORIS JOHNSON IS OUT OF TOUCH’, SAYS LUTFUR RAHMAN

‪Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman has attacked Boris Johnson for unleashing crippling rent increases on poor Londoners, and revealed that the council is preparing for a judicial review of the policy.‬

‪Despite an attempt by opposition groups to defeat the proposals, the London Plan cleared the London Assembly on 3 September, setting the ‘affordable’ rent benchmark at a staggering 80% of the market rate.‬

‪Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman, who was part of the coalition of 9 left-wing council leaders that wrote to the Assembly pleading that the controversial plans be dropped, has indicated that the borough is looking at joining with other councils, including Islington, to challenge the decision in the courts.‬

‪Mayor Lutfur Rahman said:

“Boris, you are out of touch and you have failed Londoners.‬

‪“We told you that 80% of the market rate is totally unaffordable for ordinary residents in Tower Hamlets.‬

‪“Given that you have not listened, I have instructed lawyers to prepare the ground for a judicial review of this devastating decision.”‬

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