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Caritas Anchor House attend the London Mayoral Accountability Assembly

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Caritas Anchor House attend the London Mayoral Accountability Assembly

3rd May 2016
The staff and residents of Caritas Anchor House were out in force at the London Citizens' Mayoral Accountability Assembly on Thursday 28 April.

They joined six thousand others at the event, the biggest of the election campaign, which saw London Mayoral hopefuls Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan discussing key issues for the capital, including the living wage and affordable housing.

Caritas Anchor House was invited by London Citizens, who we have worked with on the successful Boleyn Ground affordable housing campaign, and staff and residents arrived early to help with stewarding tasks and manning the Caritas Anchor House stall.

The Assembly started at 7pm with an opening parade that showcased London organisations and community groups, and saw Caritas Anchor House resident Debbie and former resident Olive proudly carrying the Caritas Anchor House banner.

During the event, Mr Goldsmith and Mr Khan were called on to respond to the London Citizens asks around the London living wage and jobs, alongside four concrete proposals on housing. Audience members also heard powerful testimonies from London’s key workers about how these issues have affected them and their families.  

Mr Goldsmith acknowledged that London has a housing crisis and that even people earning a decent wage were being priced out of the capital, before backing the London Citizens recommendation for Community Land Trusts (CLT) to become mainstreamed across the city. The goal of CLT is to ensure homes are genuinely affordable, based on what people actually earn in their area, and are run by community members.  Mr Khan said he would adopt the London Citizens’ Good Development Standard to support the building of more genuinely affordable homes, and public transparency. 

Speaking after the event, Keith Fernett, Chief Executive of Caritas Anchor House, said, “The Mayoral Assembly really showed how charities, community groups and civil societies can work together to affect positive change.

“It was wonderful to see so many organisations taking part in the Assembly, and I am very proud that many of our residents attended and engaged with this important event. Mr Goldsmith and Mr Khan both backed policies that would make a difference in our community, and I look forward to seeing this acted upon if one of them becomes Mayor.”          

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