There's not much freedom within or without for many kids living in London homes, and Boris wants to do something about it. He's compared the situation faced by many youngsters to living in a battery farm, and has joined with homeless charity Shelter and a group of 270 MPs to call on a rewrite of the existing 1935 legislation on overcrowding, the inter-war text of which states that a family of four living in a one-bedroom flat is acceptable. The number of children in London living in overcrowded conditions has risen by 10% in the past two years to an estimated 330,000, and the Mayor, who published a bold housing strategy earlier in the year, is determined to bring it down. Though it may vex his supporters, Mr. Johnson is slowly coming around to the kind of high-density yet accommodating living conditions that tall towers can provide.
Mayor Raises Crowded House Concerns
Last Updated 10 November 2009