I don't wish to question the value of Boris Johnson's admirable aim of helping more middle income Londoners on to the housing ladder.
However, with more than a third of a million London households on waiting lists for affordable social housing and three quarters of a million living in overcrowded conditions, plus the credit crunch creating its own disastrous impact on the housing market, it would seem that the Mayor is somewhat missing the point.
Intermediate (low-cost home ownership) housing is simply still out of the reach of a huge number of the least well-off Londoners, who are in dire need
of quality, affordable homes to rent, in particular family-sized units. The Mayor's housing strategy will do little to help these people, essentially condemning them to further years in unsuitable housing - a result being growing children unable to enjoy their own space to learn, play and develop as their more well-off counterparts do.
Furthermore, the Mayor needs to get this right and show direction and leadership to ensure that all the boroughs deliver the numbers of new homes they require. Track records from some boroughs indicate that this may well just not happen.
For example, despite a housing waiting list of more than 10,000, Kensington and Chelsea Council delivered around 100 new units only during 2006-7 - just one per cent of the units required for the borough's residents.
While of course we should be helping people on to the housing ladder, thousands of Londoners are crying out for high-quality, low-cost homes to rent and over the next few years the waiting lists are only going to get longer.
Mr Johnson's commitment to home ownership at the expense of affordable renting is the wrong policy, especially in the current market conditions.
Boris has £5billion of government money to help Londoners in housing need, he needs to get his priorities right.
Nicky Gavron AM London-wide Labour Assembly Member