London misplaced the Olympic housing prize, however native other people did receive advantages | Letters


Whilst I agree that the housing legacy of the London Olympics has been a hugely neglected alternative, the entire tale isn’t reasonably as bleak as it’s portrayed (‘A large betrayal’: how London’s Olympic legacy used to be offered out, 30 June).

As a part of an enduring electorate alliance with many member establishments within the communities across the proposed Olympics website online, London Electorate used to be ready to foyer, organise and plan from 2003 onwards – even supposing it used to be no longer determined that the town will be the host till 2005. In 2004, we struck a care for Ken Livingstone and Sebastian Coe that London Electorate would marketing campaign for, cheer and improve the London bid, supplied that each one the ones operating at the Olympic website online prior to and all over the video games can be paid the brand new London residing salary; {that a} talents academy can be established to coach native other people; that a minimum of 50% of the roles would cross to other people or corporations within the 5 Olympic host boroughs; and that a minimum of 2,012 houses constructed after the Olympics can be inexpensive and built via a group land accept as true with.

We gained all of those commitments with the exception of the final one on inexpensive housing. We then organised intently with the London setting up committee and the Olympic Supply Authority to verify the offers had been performed. The ODA supplied each video and quarterly reviews on each and every pledge – together with attending Electorate’ huge assemblies all over the years 2005 to 2012.

An surprising bonus in 2012, when it used to be transparent that no longer sufficient other people had been making use of for the number of jobs that had been had to carrier the video games, used to be that Electorate’ member mosques, faculties and church buildings then arrange jobcentres, and greater than 2,000 native other people were given those London residing salary jobs.
Neil Jameson
Founder, Electorate UK

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