Labour favourite for Mayor Dame Tessa Jowell has expressed her wishes for an increase in council tax bills for foreign owners of empty homes.
The front runner to be Labour's candidate for London Mayor has today vowed to put London's housing crisis at the very forefront of her 'One London' campaign.
Dame Tessa Jowell, former Olympics Minister, has revealed a proposal for a ‘Transport for London-style’ housing agency called ‘Homes for Londoners.’ Led by a Homes Commissioner, the authority is would attempt to boost the building of much needed affordable housing on publicly owned areas.
Jowell has begun her campaign in the district of Brixton, coincidently the same area where she started her career as a social worker.
She also served as a local MP for Dulwich & West Norwood, before ultimately standing down at the election.
Tessa said “of course people who have a lot of money, generate a lot of wealth, are welcome in our city, but I think they need to make a contribution to our city, not buy flats and leave them empty when London is facing a housing crisis.”
“If people are buying homes that they are going to leave empty, they make a contribution through a considerably higher rate of council tax.”
The results of the contest to choose Labour's candidate in 2016 will be revealed later this year. Upon hearing that former Labour Mayor, Ken Livingstone was expressing his support for her rival MP Sadiq Khan, Jowell commented that she was “not surprised.”