According to a recent poll of Londoners carried out by ComRes for BBC London, housing has become the number one concern for those living in the capital.
The last time the poll was carried out in 2012, jobs
were considered the highest priority, followed by crime, transport and
This year, after housing, the highest ranked issues for Londoners were immigration, security against terrorism, and healthcare.
adults were questioned as part of the poll. Londoners were also asked
what they considered to be an affordable cost for a two bedroom home in
London. Those responding thought this to be £208,000 to buy, or £646 per
month to rent.
However, the actual average selling figure for a
terraced house in London last year was £569,000, indicated by the Office
for National Statistics. The median monthly rent in London was £1,400
in the year 2014-15, according to the Valuation Office Agency.
24,620 new houses were built in London in 2015, the Department of Communities and Local Government figures show.
consultant at ComRes, Adam Ludlow, commented on the results: "While
this poll could not be compared directly to the one carried out four
years ago, the relative shift in the priority given to housing would
seem to suggest people see it as more important now."
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