There are three main factors at work – genetics, plus cultural and social factors. And it’s not possible at present to disentangle the mix.
In several London boroughs, the number is due to rise. That will be costly and damaging to local democracy.
Our survey identified 15,875 of them. Many of these could be redeveloped to provide new homes.
The high Council Tax taper in Lambeth, Brent, Harrow, and Waltham Forest means less incentive to come off benefits and into work.
The proposal is criticised for hitting the vulnerable and breaking an election pledge. Local transport schemes are also being hit.
A pledge to crack down on tall buildings was followed by Khan approving developments of 17 storeys in Harrow and 21 storeys in Haringey against local wishes.
The “doughnut strategy” is working – there was a warm welcome for Goldsmith in Stanmore and Hatch End.
A local blog discovered how much was spent by Harrow Council on dinner jacket rentals for awards ceremonies.